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    Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    "Protesters carrying banners gathered outside the zoo this morning and thousands of people signed a petition to rescue the giraffe, called Marius, after the Danish zoo announced it was planning to kill the animal because of European laws on inbreeding.

    Other zoos, including the Yorkshire wildlife park in Britain, had offered to take it in.

    But according to the Danish newspaper BT, Marius was fed some rye bread at 9.15am and was killed shortly after by a shot in the head with a bolt gun."


    Couldn't they have simply neutered the animal? And what exactly is the "threat of inbreeding" for animals in captivity? Is an inbred giraffe in a zoo something we are supposed to worry about?

    Also I find this a bit strange:

    "Live footage of his body being dissected was streamed by Ekstra Bladet, showing zoo workers wearing green rubber gloves carrying out the dissection while an announcer guided the crowd through the process and fielded questions. Some of the meat was later fed to lions at the zoo."

    I'm all for teaching kids the circle of life and all that but having kids gather around to watch a giraffe being butchers seems strange.

    Mom - "Ooh kids! get your jackets on! Wanna go see Marius gutted?!"

    Kids - "Yaaaay!"
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    Re: Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    On thd surface, it certainly seems crazy and unnecessary to me. Wtf?
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    Re: Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    Yeah, the whole thing was seven levels of screwed up. Other zoos would have taken the animal, but instead let's chop him up in little pieces in front of the kids and feed the remains to the lion.

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    Re: Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Yeah, the whole thing was seven levels of screwed up. Other zoos would have taken the animal, but instead let's chop him up in little pieces in front of the kids and feed the remains to the lion.
    It's like someone was bound and determined to finally satisfy a sick fetish, logic and reason be damned!
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    Re: Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    On the surface it is disturbing. But there was a reason the animal was not transferred or sold. Here is some insight.

    BBC News - Why did Copenhagen Zoo kill its giraffe?

    Why not move Marius?
    The Copenhagen Zoo had turned down offers from at least two other zoos to take Marius and an offer from a private individual who wanted to buy the giraffe for 500,000 euros ($680,000).

    A spokesman for the institute, Tobias Stenbaek Bro, told AP that a significant part of EAZA membership is that the zoos don't own the animals themselves, but govern them, and therefore can't sell them to anyone outside the organisation that doesn't follow the same set of rules.

    He said the zoo had followed the recommendation of the EAZA to put down Marius because there were already a lot of giraffes with similar genes in the organisation's breeding programme.

    Bengt Holst, Copenhagen Zoo's scientific director, said it had turned down an offer from Yorkshire Wildlife Park in the UK, which is a member of EAZA, because Marius' older brother lives there and the park's space could be better used by a "genetically more valuable giraffe".

    EAZA said it supported the zoo's decision to "humanely put the animal down and believes strongly in the need for genetic and demographic management within animals in human care".
    *insert profound statement here*

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    Re: Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Yeah, the whole thing was seven levels of screwed up. Other zoos would have taken the animal, but instead let's chop him up in little pieces in front of the kids and feed the remains to the lion.
    Well from what I understand they could not just ship him to another zoo because other European zoos also have an inbreeding problem. Not saying I agree but they do have a reason for it, wouldn't, I don't know, neutering the giraffe solve the problem?

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    Re: Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    That is truly some sick and twisted ***.

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    Re: Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    Well from what I understand they could not just ship him to another zoo because other European zoos also have an inbreeding problem. Not saying I agree but they do have a reason for it, wouldn't, I don't know, neutering the giraffe solve the problem?
    Other zoos were offering to help though. They just didn't want to ship it to them.

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    Re: Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    No problem with the public autopsy. There was a show in the UK and Ireland quite recently where autopsies were performed on a bunch of different animals. It was a very interesting coming from a biological background. No one was forced to view the autopsy after all.

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    http://natgeotv.com/asia/animal-autopsy

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    Re: Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    Quote Originally Posted by jmotivator View Post
    Copenhagen zoo sparks outrage by killing healthy giraffe named Marius

    "Protesters carrying banners gathered outside the zoo this morning and thousands of people signed a petition to rescue the giraffe, called Marius, after the Danish zoo announced it was planning to kill the animal because of European laws on inbreeding.

    Other zoos, including the Yorkshire wildlife park in Britain, had offered to take it in.

    But according to the Danish newspaper BT, Marius was fed some rye bread at 9.15am and was killed shortly after by a shot in the head with a bolt gun."


    Couldn't they have simply neutered the animal? And what exactly is the "threat of inbreeding" for animals in captivity? Is an inbred giraffe in a zoo something we are supposed to worry about?
    Yes, if you are concerned about long term captive species management, it is definitely something you need to be concerned with

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