THUMBS UP: When the Deer Haven Mini Zoo near Keymar bowed to pressure from an animal-rights activist group and re-homed several of its animals, many observers probably decried political correctness run amok or how litigious our society has become or the plight of small businesses in 2018. In reality, this seems like the best outcome for all involved, particularly the animals. The Animal Legal Defense in April issued an intent to sue Deer Haven based on the belief that conditions at the zoo were violating the Endangered Species Act and state law. Deer Haven owner Bradley Gerwig called the ALD’s assertions “lies” but said he didn’t have the money to go to court. We’ll take Gerwig at his word, that animals were never abused at the mini zoo, but even good treatment in such a situation is frowned upon today. More and more, society is saying animals shouldn’t be confined. There may one day be no zoos, mini or otherwise. That may seem preposterous, but 25 years ago, who would’ve imagined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus would go without elephants and then shut down completely? It’s just where we are as a society, so we’re hopeful the lemurs, cavies, wolves and bobcat that were sent off are now in the best possible conditions and that both sides can move on.