Ques­tion­ing Den­ver Zoo’s plan to breed tigers in cap­tiv­ity

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Rus­sian tiger Martin set­tling into new digs at The Den­ver Zoo,” July 6 news story (on­line only).

Your op­ti­mistic cov­er­age of an Amur tiger set­tling into new digs at The Den­ver Zoo missed an op­por­tu­nity to be a thought-pro­vok­ing, im­pact­ful piece. It should not be con­sid­ered a vic­tory to birth new tigers at the zoo (zookeep­ers hope the new tiger will breed with the zoo’s lone fe­male tiger) when the cubs born here have an un­der­whelm­ing life of cap­tiv­ity and bore­dom ahead of them. If we are will­ing to sit by as their pop­u­la­tions are dec­i­mated in the wild, we are less than de­serv­ing of hav­ing cute cubs to ogle over in our zoos.

It would have been great to see the ar­ti­cle ad­dress what the Den­ver Zoo is do­ing to en­sure that the cap­tive breed­ing of en­dan­gered Amur tigers is for the greater good of their wild coun­ter­parts. As some­one in­ter­ested in not only pre­serv­ing life, but en­sur­ing that life is worth liv­ing, I hate to think that cap­tive breed­ing for hu­man en­ter­tain­ment is the fu­ture of wildlife con­ser­va­tion.

Mered­ith Blan­chard, Louisville

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