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Zoo Haiku

Zoo Haiku


A lone tiger lying
on
concrete as
human crowds gawk
at him.

A polar bear died of
the heat at the Bronx Zoo

A hippo choked to death on a
tennis ball thrown into
his yawning mouth at the Detroit Zoo

The Cleveland Zoo sold
'excess' animals for
canned hunts in Texas.

The San Diego Zoo until
exposed
supplied primates
for lethal research by UC
Davis Frankensteins.

Kapir the elephant
drowned as the
Danube poured into
his concrete room
20 feet below
ground level.

For mercy all night
called the zoo's polar bear.
He had a tiny cage..
which no bear could bear.

A monkey was beaten
to death at the Boise Idaho
Zoo

At the Akron Ohio Zoo,
Easter bunnies and pet mice
brought to the zoo for shelter
have been secretively fed to snakes.

Many zoos are secret
vivisection supply houses
... facilitating secret torture
of animals.

Very few zoos protect the animals
from psychopathic children and adults
who seek to harm them with missiles
thrown at them, poison etc.

Submitted: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 30, 2013


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Footnote:

I

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) 'A 7-year-old boy broke into a popular Outback zoo, fed a string of animals to the resident crocodile and bashed several lizards to death with a rock, the zoo’s director said Friday. '(When children see millions of cows, sheep and kangaroos being
murdered, are they taught any different in the Outback?)

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II

Jill Lepore
re polar bear in the city zoo: “He had the smallest cage you ever saw, ” she told me. “All night, he cried.”

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III


An Idaho man who admitted to breaking into a Boise zoo last year and killing a monkey was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday, court records show.

Michael W, in March pleaded guilty to attempted grand theft, a felony, and misdemeanor animal cruelty stemming from the break-in and beating death of the monkey at Zoo Boise in November.



IV Zoos: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone

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