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Wtf? What's the deal with those Danes?

http://globalnews.ca...ent-inbreeding/

Danish zoo kills healthy giraffe, feeds it to lions, to prevent inbreeding

By Staff The Associated Press

VIDEO: Danish zoo officials put down giraffe and then skin and dismember it in front of visitors. WARNING: Graphic images. Discretion advised

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Copenhagen Zoo turned down offers from other zoos and 500,000 euros ($680,000) from a private individual to save the life of a healthy giraffe before killing and slaughtering it Sunday to follow inbreeding recommendations made by a European association.

The two-year-old male giraffe, named Marius, was put down using a bolt pistol and its meat will be fed to carnivores at the zoo, spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro said. Visitors, including children, were invited to watch while the giraffe was dissected.

Marius’ plight triggered a wave of online protests and renewed debate about the conditions of zoo animals. Before the giraffe was killed, an online petition to save it had received more than 20,000 signatures.

Stenbaek Bro said the zoo, which now has seven giraffes left, was recommended to put down Marius by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria because there were already a lot of giraffes with similar genes in the organization’s breeding program.

The Amsterdam-based EAZA has 347 members, including many large zoos in European capitals, and works to conserve global biodiversity and to achieve the highest standards of care and breeding for animals.

Stenbaek Bro said EAZA membership isn’t mandatory, but most responsible zoos are members of the organization.Stenbaek Bro said Copenhagen Zoo turned down an offer from a private individual who wanted to buy Marius for 500,000 euros ($680,000). Stenbaek Bro said 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 organization that don’t follow the same set of rules.

He said that is important for the breeding programs to work.

When asked if other zoos had offered to take in Marius, the spokesman said yes but didn’t specify numbers or which ones.

The zoo’s scientific director Bengt Holst said the giraffe breeding program is similar to those used in deer parks, where red deer and fallow deer are culled to keep populations healthy.

“The most important factor must be that the animals are healthy physically and behaviourally and that they have a good life while they are living whether this life is long or short. This is something that Copenhagen Zoo believes strongly in,” he said in a statement.

Holst said the zoo doesn’t give the giraffes contraceptives because they have “a number of unwanted side effects on the internal organs” and the zoo believes parental care is an important part of the animal’s natural behaviour.

The organization Animal Rights Sweden said the case simply highlights what they believe zoos do to animals regularly.

“It is no secret that animals are killed when there is no longer space, or if the animals don’t have genes that are interesting enough,” the organization said in a statement. “The only way to stop this is to not visit zoos.”

It pointed out some zoos work to preserve species of animals, but never individuals.

“When the cute animal babies that attract visitors grow up they are not as interesting anymore,” it said.

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I understand not selling them to private individuals as that shouldn't be encouraged, but there should have been more done to relocate the animal. It's stupid they're hiding behind some flawed regulation.

Even if they won't do anything to save the animal, wouldn't it be better to maybe have the animal "disappear" and it's corpse used to train the next crop of veterinarians?

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I hope people boycott this zoo and it goes bankrupt. Breeding issues or not, a magnificent animal was killed needlessly and could have been taken on by countless other zoos.

and then other animals would be killed "needlessly" to feed the lions that were fed.

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and then other animals would be killed "needlessly" to feed the lions that were fed.

Agreed.

People don't get all worked up by all the chickens, cows, pigs, goats or whatever they normally feed the lions. It's not like they let the giraffe loose in the lion cage to be hunted and killed by the lions, all watched by a group of school children. Imagine the controversy that would have caused!

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Agreed.

People don't get all worked up by all the chickens, cows, pigs, goats or whatever they normally feed the lions. It's not like they let the giraffe loose in the lion cage to be hunted and killed by the lions, all watched by a group of school children. Imagine the controversy that would have caused!

In either case, I want a video.

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people really need to toughen up and stop getting worked up so much over nothing.

Giraffes are hunted and killed In far more brutal/violent/painful methods in the wild. don't see people caring about them

There are few things in life more arbitrary then peoples' Attitude towards animal treatment

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I hope people boycott this zoo and it goes bankrupt. Breeding issues or not, a magnificent animal was killed needlessly and could have been taken on by countless other zoos.

Lol. This is magnificent, but pigs aren't?

You realise pigs are one of the smartest creatures in the world.

The tragedy here is the idiocy of people who feel it's unfair for small events like this to happen, but the fact that thousands of other animals a day get slaughtered is fine.

Don't be fine with one, and not the other. Just because it's enormous and you've never seen it doesn't mean it has any more value than cows pigs or chickens.

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Lol. This is magnificent, but pigs aren't?

You realise pigs are one of the smartest creatures in the world.

The tragedy here is the idiocy of people who feel it's unfair for small events like this to happen, but the fact that thousands of other animals a day get slaughtered is fine.

Don't be fine with one, and not the other. Just because it's enormous and you've never seen it doesn't mean it has any more value than cows pigs or chickens.

THey're magnificent and majestic until they taste delicious. Then it's okay to eat them. Imagine if baby seals tasted like rainbows and gumdrops?

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Im studying to become conservation ecologist and the zoo did NOTHING wrong here.

Look at the facts

1)The said giraffes genes were well represented already in the population and they are not an endagered species.

2)Lions got to eat meat and if they didnt eat that giraffes the zoo would just go out and kill a deer or some other animal. So basically all everyone is saying is giraffes are worth more then other animals.

3) The fact that they allowed people to view the dissecting of the animal should be encouraged. Kids see way worse on xbox and television a little bit of real life scientific discovery never hurt anyone.

4) for those saying it was inhuman the way they killed the giraffes they did it the standard route to preserve the meat of the animal. If they did lethal injection the whole body would have gone to waste.

Get your facts straight and stop making this one giraffe special its not. Some animals have to die and just because this one got a crap ton of attention doesnt make it special.

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