Don't get me wrong. I'm no panda-hater and I have no problem mourning the loss of an endangered species. But a little perspective is needed.
China has a government policy allowing married couples to have one, and only one, child. To maintain this rigid policy, China forces women to have abort their babies as late as nine months into the pregnancy. And the aborted babies are discarded like trash. (If you think I'm exaggerating, take a look at this story from National Public Radio.)
Wouldn't it be nice if China showed as much respect for human life as they did today for an unfortunate panda?