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.