(NEWSER– This may prove to be one of the more controversial opinion pieces in recent memory. Timothy Lavin isn't slamming sleazy politicians or Wall Street bankers. No, he's speaking out against ... pandas. Cute as they are, Lavin writes at Bloomberg, they are a "hopeless and wasteful species the world should've given up on long ago." The economics of keeping the notoriously tricky-to-breed animal are "simply unjustifiable": US zoos pay China $1 million for a single panda (and if she births a cub, that's another $600,000), Canada spent $10 million renting them last year, and their upkeep is five times that of elephants—a zoo's next priciest animal.

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