Controversial Men’s magazine, Zoo certainly haven’t held back with their final issue, which depicts a hand sticking up the middle finger on the front cover.
The final issue was released on Monday after Zoo Magazine publisher, Bauer Media confirmed the magazine would be closing down, in a statement last month.
Bauer Media CEO, David Goodchild said in the statement “With tough retail conditions in the men’s market, Bauer has made the call to close Zoo’s operations.”
However there is much speculation that a change.org petition run by Laura Pintur from Collective Shout started the magazine’s downfall, after it led to Coles supermarket caving to public pressure and removing the magazine from its shelves.
The controversial final cover image is partnered with the text, “Sticking it up the prudes one last time.”
When asked about the final cover, Ms Pintur responded “I’m to prudish to look.”
The final issue is filled with an array of the publication’s most controversial articles and images from over the years.
While the magazine will stay on shelves for another week, Zoo Magazine Australia have taken down their Facebook page, and have not responded to any questions.
A number of Twitter users express their feelings about the magazine’s closure:
Great news – #zooweekly to be shut down by Bauer Media
— Dr Sally 🐨🐨 (@slsandpet) September 17, 2015
— Phil Lucas (@lucasphil) September 19, 2015
Zoo Weekly Was A Good Mag, So Sad To Be Gone. It Got Everything That Man Wanted Funny,Chick,Cars And Sport.#RIPZooWeekly
— Asian Quagmire (@AsianQuagmire) September 18, 2015
— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) September 18, 2015
— Miss Verity (@Veritystweets) September 17, 2015
— Amanda Haines (@Amanda_haines) September 18, 2015