Apes and Humans

The St. Louis Zoo has killed one of its animals. Apparently, arthritis had caused the orangutan to stop moving around much. One zoo official says, “It’s like losing a really close friend. They share so many characteristics with us and we developed very close bonds. It’s a very difficult decision to make, but I think we made the right and kind decision.”

Yes, we are talking about an ape in this story, but the way society is headed, I wouldn’t be surprised if a human being in the future decides to die over a severe case of arthritis. And I wouldn’t be surprised if our society approves of such a death.