Perfectly Healthy Baby Giraffe Killed In Copenhagen Zoo Because “A Surplus”

Human beings do just not learn. They act against better knowing, again and again. If it weren’t for the thousands and thousands of people who think like me, I would just reject humanity in its whole!

Is it possible:

Danish zookeepers kill healthy baby giraffe with a bolt gun because he was ‘surplus to requirements’ – then feed him to the LIONS

  • Marius was shot with a bolt gun at Copenhagen Zoo
  • Spokesman said they were unable to find Marius a home at another zoo
  • Thousands had signed petitions appealing for a change of heart
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park reportedly put in a last-ditch offer to take Marius in
By James TozerPUBLISHED: 10:45 GMT, 9 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:36 GMT, 10 February 2014

This is the horrific moment schoolchildren crowded around to watch as the body of a perfectly healthy giraffe was chopped up before being fed to lions.Despite more than 20,000 people signing an online petition to save two-year-old Marius, staff at Copenhagen Zoo yesterday went ahead and shot the animal with a bolt pistol.Young children stood at arm’s length as his carcass was skinned and dissected before the meat was thrown to the lions.Marius 1

Perfectly healthy: The giraffe named Marius who was shot dead and autopsied in the presence of visitors to the gardens at Copenhagen Zoo

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Copenhagen Zoo’s giraffe Marius who was put down by the zoo authorities in a controversial action that has drawn widespread condemnation

The Danish zoo said the drastic move was needed to combat inbreeding and insisted the display was educational.But animal rights campaigners last night condemned the killing of Marius, saying it exposed the cruel reality of welfare even in Europe’s top zoos.Marius’s plight had triggered worldwide outpourings of protest, including an offer to rehome him in Britain, with many saying they were sickened by a zoo killing a healthy animal.Copenhagen Zoo said it was told by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) that Marius was genetically too similar to the other giraffes in its breeding programme. Because captive animals are bred from a limited gene pool, zoos are monitored to prevent inbreeding and ensure the health of future generations.After announcing plans to have Marius put down, the zoo received offers of a new home – including one from Yorkshire Wildlife Park – as well as a private buyer who offered 500,000 euros (£410,000).

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A lion feasts on the remains of Marius at Copenhagen Zoo after the mammal was put down earlier in the day

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A lion feasts on the remains of Marius at Copenhagen Zoo after the mammal was put down earlier in the day

Marius 5A crown gathers for the public autopsy on Marius’s body

But bosses said the rules of EAZA membership meant animals could not be transferred to institutions that did not follow its rules on breeding programmes.

The zoo’s scientific director, Bengt Holst, said it was the same as parks culling deer to keep the whole population healthy.

He said: ‘Giraffes today breed very well, and when they do you have to choose and make sure the ones you keep are the ones with the best genes. 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.’

Mr Holst said the zoo didn’t give its eight giraffes contraceptives due to ‘unwanted side effects on the internal organs’ and in order to allow animals to display natural parenting behaviour. According to Danish media, Copenhagen Zoo destroys 20-30 animals a year, including bears, tigers and zebras.

Mr Holst told the BBC spaces at institutions such as Yorkshire Wildlife Park should be reserved for ‘genetically more important’ giraffes and that the campaign to save Marius had gone ‘much too far’.

Marius 6Marius (centre) was shot with a bolt gun and will be chopped up for the other animals’ dinner

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An 18-month-old giraffe named Marius was put down on this morning at Copenhagen Zoo

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The animal was deemed ‘surplus’ before it was put down by zookeepers in Copenhagen


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Animal rights campaigners in Denmark tried to save the healthy young giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo from being destroyed


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The zoo is part of a European breeding programme for giraffes and is bound by rules over inbreeding to keep animals healthy

To supporters’ horror, the zoo yesterday announced Marius had been killed with a bolt gun instead of a lethal injection, which would have contaminated the flesh.

His carcass was then skinned and chopped up while visitors crowded around and the meat was fed to the lion population.

A spokesman said parents were allowed to decide whether their children should watch what the zoo regarded as an important display of scientific knowledge about animals, adding that it would have been ‘foolish’ to let the meat go to waste. Doncaster-based Yorkshire Wildlife Park, whose Danish head of ‘hoofstock’ offered to rehome Marius, said it was ‘saddened’ by the news.

‘We have a state-of-the-art giraffe house built in 2012 with a bachelor herd of four male giraffes and the capacity to take an extra male, subject to the agreement of the European studbook keeper,’ it said.

However the park said it received no response by the time it learnt that Marius had been destroyed.

Stine Jensen, of Denmark’s Organisation Against the Suffering of Animals, said the killing showed Copenhagen Zoo was not ‘the  ethical institution that it wants to portray itself as being’.

  • Longleat Safari Park yesterday admitted it put down two lions and four cubs. The Wiltshire park said it had too many lions and they were growing violent. But visitors asked why new homes were not found.

Source: DailyMail

PAW PROTECTORS RESCUE  proposes the following actions to which I fully agree:

1) Sign these 3 online petitions:

2) Write a 1 star review and leave a message on their page They won’t want the bad publicity!

3) Email them to express your disgust &

4) Contact the Embassy of Denmark to make a complaint:
Embassy of Denmark
3200 Whitehaven St. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tel.: +1 (202) 234-4300
Fax: +1 (202) 328-1470

5) BOYCOTT ALL ANIMAL ATTRACTIONS. Urge your friends and family to do the same. These places only exist as visitors fund them. Murdering animals like Marius because they are no longer required is common practice in all zoos. Animals are not entertainment, they are not fashion, they are not food, they do not exist to serve us. Want to stop animal cruelty? GO VEGAN and help end ALL animal abuse. Marius was not the only one who was murdered today. BILLIONS of innocent animals were murdered. If you are not Vegan please watch these: and

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I know I should not say it. I know it’s bad, but I can’t help my feelings: I hate the people who are responsible for this.
On a less emotional level I want to say: the responsible people, including the director of the zoo, have to feel the consequences of their inhuman acts and have to be replaced. I wonder why other zoos don’t protest against what happened here.

2 responses to “Perfectly Healthy Baby Giraffe Killed In Copenhagen Zoo Because “A Surplus”

  1. in other Zoo’s, how do we know if this simular act is not going on?

    is the the general public usually aware of things like this?

    I could not believe what transpired, it was gruesome, I hope those children don’t copy cat what they witnessed

    then we all wonder where animal abuse starts!

    right there…

  2. We can’t know what happens in other zoos. We can only react to what transpires and try to find out as much as possible, and make it public. I’m not absolutely against zoos for many reasons, but many zoos in the world should definitely not exist.
    The problem here is not this particular case – it may be one rumourous among hundred silent ones. The problem is the way we see animals, the way we act with them, the respect we owe them – the respect we owe life in general. Animals are not more and not less than we are. There is no such thing as more or less. No whatever brain abilities enable a species to regardlessly dominate over other being’s lives. Quite the opposite: a higher level of consciousness and intelligence demands a higher level of responsibility. This is where humans are wrong: in their persisting egoism to make their own lives more comfortable and pleasant. This is where, among many wonderful things they do, they are a horrifying species.

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