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    Baby giraffe killed at Copenhagen Zoo and fed to the lions | Mail Online


    How could they? Zookeepers killed baby giraffe with a bolt gun because he was 'surplus'... and then fed 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 Leon Watson


    Zookeepers in Denmark have killed a perfectly healthy young giraffe after deeming him 'surplus' to requirements, it was revealed today.
    Marius, Copenhagen Zoo's 18-month-old giraffe, was shot with a bolt gun and will be chopped up for the other animals' dinner.
    Thousands of people had signed petitions appealing for a change of heart over Marius, but the campaign failed.

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    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





    Bengt Holst, the zoo's scientific director, told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that Marius needed to be killed to prevent inbreeding and keep the giraffe population down.
    'You have to accept that there is a surplus of animals that cannot be included in the genetic chain without causing inbreeding problems,' he said.
    The zoo is part of a European breeding programme for giraffes and is bound by rules over inbreeding to keep animals healthy.

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    Marius was killed with a bolt gun rather than lethal injection so the meat is not contaminated. The carcass will partly be used for research and partly to feed carnivores at the zoo.
    Yorkshire Wildlife Park - which has a state-of-the-art giraffe house and the capacity for an extra male - reportedly put in a last-ditch offer to take Marius in.
    The director of a wildlife park in the Netherlands, Robert Krijuff, whose last-minute offer of a place was also rejected, said: 'I can't believe it. We offered to save his life. Zoos need to change the way they do business.'

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    Marius (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






    But Mr Holst said all zoos had been considered and there was no place for Marius - including at Yorkshire where, he said, any space should be reserved for a genetically more important giraffe.
    The campaign to save him, he said, had gone 'much too far'.
    Animal rights campaigners have described the move as barbaric and have accused the zoo of being unethical.
    Maria Evans, who started an online petition, said the giraffe 'deserves to live'.
    She added: 'The zoo have produced him so it is their responsibility to find him a home, no matter how long it takes. They must not be allowed to take the easy option.'
    Copenhagen Zoo has previously killed bears, tigers and zebras to stop overbreeding, according to Ekstra Bladet.

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    I didn't want to post it, but on twitter they have a picture of dead Marius with a crowd of people watching him being killed. I'm so disgusted.
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    This is fucking ridiculous and outrageous. Is this what zoos do now? Kill "surplus" animals?
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    Wtf??

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    OMG! This gentle creature. So sad.
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    They even had offers from other zoos to take him. Who takes care of a baby for 2 years, gives him a name then sets up a show for people to watch him be slaughtered?
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    What a wonderful spectacle to show to your kids … I really don't get people. No wonder so many human beings have no respect for animal life whatsoever, judging by the amount of parents who brought their kids along with them to watch this poor baby giraffe being cut to pieces.

    *Possibly disturbing image at link:

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    I don't know how his keepers that took care of him let this happen. I read that he loved and trusted humans.
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    This has me at work in tears... I read this in fb!!
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    Yeah sorry I clicked. What a bunch of assholes running this zoo. Sick!

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    This is beyond fucked up. I think there is a surplus zoo director that needs a bullet to the head. Assholes.
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    There is absolutely no excuse, none, none at all. What a fucking waste.
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    This is just weird, surely there is more to thus story that what the daily fail is reporting.
    Knowing something about this environment, it us extremely rare (to my knowledge) to put healthy animals down.

    As for the feeding it to lions, where does the daily mail think that all the horses that people cannot longer afford to keep are going? Hum?
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    The zoo's scientific director gave a statement that was basically 'Uh, we shoot 600 deer every year in Denmark to cull the population. Nobody complains when we do it to cows. Get over it'.
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    Oh well, I feel better now that he put it into perspective. /sarcasm. Sounds like it is time to cull the population of zoo scientific directors.
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    I don't agree that is what he said at all.
    ETA - I found the quote - "“I know the giraffe is a nice looking animal, but I don’t think there would have been such an outrage if it had been an antelope, and I don’t think anyone would have lifted an eyebrow if it was a pig,” said Holst." (and IMO, he is correct).

    However, giraffes are funky little creatures that look cute, but the breeding program is to safeguard that there are not too many of one set of genes. Yes, its giraffe-eugenics, but its also natures way.

    Questions and answers about giraffe breeding
    By Associated Press, Sunday, February 9, 5:50 PM
    AMSTERDAM — Joerg Jebram, who oversees the European Endangered Species Program for giraffes, explains why he believes the Copenhagen Zoo was correct in its decision to kill 2-year-old Marius.
    Q: How did the zoo end up with a young giraffe it couldn’t keep?

    A: Whether male or female, giraffes born in zoos will eventually need to be moved away from their family group once they reach sexual maturity. That’s because breeding groups in zoos are made up of a single bull together with a group of females. Female offspring must eventually be removed to prevent inbreeding, and bulls must be removed somewhere around the age of 18-24 months, depending on the individual, to prevent fighting.



    Q: What usually happens with giraffes ready to leave their family?
    A: Females are normally moved to a new breeding group when they are old enough. Bulls are sent to zoos that keep a “bachelor” group. When there are no females present, males can coexist peacefully. In this case there were no acceptable openings. Historically, many of the 347 zoos that belong to the Amsterdam-based European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) were eager to have giraffes of any kind. But in the past several years zoo breeding programs have produced enough of some subspecies. Jebram says he believes two other young bulls have been euthanized in Europe since 2012.
    Q: Aren’t there other options?
    A: Zoos could design new giraffe facilities, but many don’t have that option. A young bull could theoretically be sent to an all-female group as stud, but experts prefer a larger, more mature male for that, and Marius didn’t fit that bill. A final option is sending the giraffe to a zoo that doesn’t participate in the EAZA-led breeding program, but that could leave the giraffe or its offspring being sold into worse circumstances, such as those of a circus or private collection.
    He said it must be remembered that Marius was not from a rare subspecies.
    Q: Weren’t contraceptives or castration viable options?
    A: Yes and no. Until recently, either would have required sedation, which is a relatively high-risk operation with giraffes. They are liable to break their necks when they fall while sedated. In the past several years, a contraceptive has been developed that can be injected into females from a distance.
    Sedating giraffes is a whole different option.
    Having worked with these (general-european, not specifically this zoo), I know for a fact that this decision would NOT have been taken lightly. Just because the zoo's scientific director has apparently been quoted to make him appear an ass (a newspaper? doing something like that? to service its own agenda - unheard of I hear you cry), it doesn't mean that he either said that or that the translation (if he said it in Danish) was correct.

    I know that the reporting on this is specifically worded to create a knee-jerk reaction, which it is, but there rally is more to this than is being reported here.







    The WAshington Post also has further details about EAZA:-

    Danish zoo kills giraffe to prevent inbreeding
    By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, February 9, 6:48 PM




    COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Saying it needed to prevent inbreeding, the Copenhagen Zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors watched, ignoring a petition signed by thousands and offers from other zoos and a private individual to save the animal.

    Marius, a healthy male, was put down Sunday using a bolt pistol, said zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro. Visitors, including children, were invited to watch while the giraffe was then skinned and fed to the lions.

    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.But the public feeding of Marius’ remains to the lions was popular at Copenhagen Zoo. Stenbaek Bro said it allowed parents to decide whether their children should watch what the zoo regards as an important display of scientific knowledge about animals.
    “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,” Stenbaek Bro said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
    He said the zoo, which now has seven giraffes left, followed the recommendation of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria to put down Marius by because there already were 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 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.
    He said his zoo had turned down offers from other ones to take Marius and an offer from a private individual who wanted to buy the giraffe 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 doesn’t follow the same set of rules.

    He also said it is important for the breeding programs to work.
    Bengt Holst, Copenhagen Zoo’s scientific director, said it turned down an offer from Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Britain, 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.”

    Yorkshire Wildlife Park said it called the zoo on Saturday with a last-minute offer to house Marius in a new giraffe house with room for an extra male. It said it was saddened by the killing of Marius, but “without knowing the full details it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
    Copenhagen Zoo also turned down an offer from a zoo in northern Sweden, because it was not an EAZA member and didn’t want to comply with the same high standards, Holst said.

    “I know the giraffe is a nice looking animal, but I don’t think there would have been such an outrage if it had been an antelope, and I don’t think anyone would have lifted an eyebrow if it was a pig,” said Holst.

    Copenhagen Zoo doesn’t give giraffes contraceptives or castrate them because that could have unwanted side effects on their internal organs, and the zoo regards parental care as important, said Holst.

    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.”

    However, the organization Animal Rights Sweden said the case highlights what it believes 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,” it said in a statement. “The only way to stop this is to not visit zoos.”
    “When the cute animal babies that attract visitors grow up, they are not as interesting anymore,” said the organization.
    Elisa Allen, spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in the U.K., said Marius’ case should serve as a wake-up call for anyone who “still harbors the illusion that zoos serve any purpose beyond incarcerating intelligent animals for profit.”
    She said in a statement, “Giraffes rarely die of old age in captivity, and had Marius not been euthanized today, he would have lived out his short life as a living exhibit, stranded in a cold climate, thousands of miles away from his true home.

    ETA - sorry for the long post. I just know that there is more to this that the Daily Fail reported.
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