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Armenia: Private Zoos

Unzipped comments on news this week that a cleaning woman was killed by the pet bear of the head of the Armenian military police. The blogger notes that the rich and powerful often have “private zoos” and that keeping a lion, tiger or bear is considered a sign of “masculinity.” Given that the bear and possibly a tiger was kept on the premises of the Military Police headquarters, Unzipped asks rhetorically who should be held accountable for the 59-year-old's death?

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