Redefining stupidity: the mission of the Animal "Rights" crowd.
The controversy had swirled around April, a 15-year-old giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, who's due to give birth to a calf with her mate, Oliver, any day now. But while park owner Jordan Patch saw the video stream, set up in anticipation of the calf's birth, as educational, some animal activists saw otherwise and lobbied YouTube to take the stream down for hosting nudity and sexually explicit content, per Mashable.
Responding to the complaints, YouTube pulled it, reviewed it, and had "WTH" moment, so it's up again. I don't see what the whole deal is; when a calf is born, it's sort of like watching a sack of sand fall five feet to the ground from the back of a large truck. Although the sack of sand doesn't then struggle to its feet and start walking around; likely due to the fact that the sack has no feet in the first place. Well, that and the fact that it's not an animal.
But this is how nutty your average AR "activists" are. Fortunately for them, heartbeat and respiration are involuntary.
In other zoo news, it's kind of interesting to note that in 19th-century North America, zoos were popular tourist attractions - but they didn't hold exotic wildlife, they held people. Insane asylums were huge draws until around the beginning of the 20th century.
Guidebooks like Miller’s New York included sections on asylum attractions, such as the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum in Manhattan (on the grounds of what is now Columbia University).
A popular insane asylum in Utica, New York was drawing as many as 10,000 tourists per year from all over the world in its heyday. Asylum tourism gradually fell by the wayside as the 19th century drew to a close, however.