Like, I get it. I really do. I love animals, and especially love the ones I used to see all the time on David Attenborough specials in the Savannah. It sucks to hear about any living creature being killed, because I have empathy and understanding.

But please, all the sycophantic comments about how the Danish conservationists are "thugs" and should be "fed to lions" themselves are ridiculous. Why can't we just, for once, admit that maybe these people who work to preserve whole species for a living might be able to make better, more informed decisions about these things than we can? I know this is the internet where everyone can be an expert with a few Google searches, but at some point it's a sign of intellectual weakness to so pig-headedly question the perfectly valid, reasoned, and scientifically-informed decisions of people who just know more about this stuff than we do.

Does it make me sad that this giraffe was killed and fed to the zoo lions? Yeah, a little. But that sadness is tempered by the fact that the decision was made not arbitrarily but after consideration by people who know better than I do, and the fact that the overall conservation effort for giraffes is better off. It's so easy to ride the Sanctimony Pony because a photogenic animal died, but much harder to admit that your fee-fees about a pretty animal come second to the collected knowledge and efforts of conservationists who do this for a living.