A healthy giraffe was killed and its meat fed to the lions, tigers and other carnivorous zoo animals in a barbaric display. If this wasn't bad enough, it was done with an audience of zoo goers, including children, according to CNN New on Feb. 9. This has caused uproar among animal lovers around the world.
Despite an online petition begging the Danish zoo not to kill the 2-year-old giraffe named Marius, the zoo went ahead with the killing and then cut the animal up for feed. The Zoo said the reason the giraffe had to be killed was to guard against inbreeding.
When that explanation was offered, a few zoos from different countries offered to take the giraffe. but the zoo that had the girraffe never took them up on the offer. Apparently the zoo were more invested in the harvest of 200 kilograms of meat to use as food for the other animals. Bengt Holst, scientific director at Copenhagen Zoo, told CNN:
"Our giraffes are part of an international breeding program, which has a purpose of ensuring a sound and healthy population of giraffes. It can only be done by matching the genetic composition of the various animals with the available space. ... When giraffes breed as well as they do now, then you will inevitably run into so-called surplus problems now and then."
When Jonathan Mann from CNN asked Holst about the other alternatives such as sterilizing Marius or move him to a different zoo, especially since offers came in to take the giraffe. One of those offers was from a "state of the art" giraffe habit in the U.K., which would have made a perfect home for Maruis.
Holst answered the sterilizing question, but not the second part about moving the animal. Holst said, "If we just sterilize him, he will take up space for more genetically valuable giraffes."
The giraffe was killed with a bolt gun to the head, if they used lethal injection, the meat would have been tainted and couldn't be used to feed the other animals. This barbaric event was done as young kids watched, with zoo staff reporting the kid's enjoyed it and asked questions during the cutting up of the meat.