The Copenhagen Zoo’s decision to kill a young healthy giraffe, then feed the corpse to lions has sparked outrage across the world.
Marius, a two-year-old giraffe was executed in public with a bolt gun, then was dissected in full view of young children and adults. After the international outcry, the zoo responded that Marius’ death was necessary to protect the genetic diversity of his species. Marius’ presence was seen as a hindrance to conservation breeding programs. In other words, the zoo wanted to prevent inbreeding.The Associated Press
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Twitter users vented their frustration, and some with rather substantial points. Here are some of the Tweets.
What's next, zoo screenings of snuff films? Arrogant Danish zoo officials kill a giraffe in front of visitors: http://t.co/A96kCMEhXv
— Wednesday Martin (@WednesdayMartin) February 10, 2014
@Daybreak sick depraved people! I am so angry over this. The giraffe was cut up in front of kids! Barbaric!
— Amanda Ferguson (@EnglishBruin) February 10, 2014
Giraffe/Lions ; why breed to euthanise ? Sad and utterly shameful and arrogant and undermines the huge amount of good that decent zoos do
— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) February 9, 2014
Copenhagen Zoo's decision to shoot a giraffe that they raised is unethical and the Zoo's defence lacks credibility.
— Prof David Wilson (@ProfDavidWilson) February 10, 2014
Why not give the damn giraffe a vasectomy? Didn't they have a step ladder?
— Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) February 9, 2014