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3129651454_fb796c392f_m.jpgA Boston orphanage may shut down due to lack of funding, and officials estimate 20% of the children will not be placed in new homes and could be euthanized.

Shocking? Yep. True? Well, no. However, substitute “orphanage” for “zoo” and “children” for “animals” and you’ve got yourself an appalling story.

I’m not at all a fan of zoos in the first place; I find them to be utterly depressing. While I can’t deny the unfortunate reality of zoos; I do deny any claim that euthanizing these animals due to lack of funding is the appropriate, civilized thing to do.

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