Healthy, Baby Giraffe Killed in Front of An Audience

Copenhagen Zoo's giraffe MariusThe Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark killed a healthy 2-year-old giraffe. This was apparently to prevent inbreeding, which is reproduction from mating of pairs who are closely related genetically.

Marius the giraffe was put down with a bolt pistol as he leaned down to eat rye bread.  Then, Marius was chopped up and fed to the zoo’s lions, tigers and leopards. To make matters worse, the feeding of Marius’ remains had an audience. Parents could decide if they wanted their children to watch. The zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro said,” I’m actually proud because I think we have given children a huge understanding of the anatomy of a giraffe that they wouldn’t have had from watching a giraffe in a photo.”

The zoo ignored a petition signed by 33,000 people attempting to save Marius. Apparently, many people and places had offered to take the giraffe, but the Copenhagen Zoo refused. One offer was even from a private individual who wanted to buy the giraffe for 500,000 euros ($680,000 USD). Unfortunately, the Copenhagen Zoo said in a Q&A about the decision on its website, “It is not possible to transfer the giraffe to another zoo as it will cause inbreeding.” The public-relations manager of the San Diego Zoo, Christina Simmons, said that they would never cut up a dead animal in front of the public. Simmons also said, “A display of that nature in front of the public would not help us with the message we’re trying to get across,” she said. “Anything we do is meant to bring people closer to animals and the conservation of animals.”

Sources: Huffington Post, CNN, The Columbus Dispatch

–          Aneé Allen

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