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Second Danish Zoo Says It Won't Kill Healthy Giraffe

Second Danish Zoo Says It Won't Kill Healthy Giraffe

Last week, despite protests and an international petition, the Copenhagen Zoo killed a giraffe named Marius. The 18-month-old animal was shot in the head, dissected, and then fed to the zoo's lions as spectators watched.

The zoo defended its controversial decision - pointing to European laws on inbreeding that says there can't be too many giraffes sharing genes within the same facility.

According to Channel 4, the zoo spokesperson said, "Sometimes you have to do something which is not very nice in order to achieve something which is very nice which is a healthy population. Without a healthy population, forget about healthy animals. Forget about animals in the wild."

And despite all the outrage caused by the zoo's move, there had been reports another Danish zoo might be considering the same fate for one of its giraffes - a healthy seven-year-old, coincidentally also named Marius.

A zoologist with the Jyllands Park Zoo told CNN the park was considering bringing in a breeding female giraffe to join Marius and another more genetically-valuable male giraffe.

Should that happen, the thinking was the zoo would try to find another home for Marius, but if it couldn't, there wouldn't be enough space for all of the giraffes and Marius might have to be euthanized.

But on Friday, the zoo denied it was ever planning to kill the animal. Writing in a statement: "There is no plan, and there has never been a plan to neither move or euthanize any of our giraffes. The media stories are only based on a hypothetical situation, which we have answered questions about."

News of a second possible giraffe killing brought in several offers to find Marius a new home. According to The Guardian, the president of Chechnya offered to take in the animal at his personal zoo.

Celebrity zoologist Jack Hanna also raised more $100,000 to bring the second giraffe to a zoo in Ohio.

The offers, the Jyllands Park Zoo says it will be keeping all of its giraffes.

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barbb37 February 16 2014 at 2:49 PM

Couldn't they have sold the giraffe to another zoo?

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bogie27 February 16 2014 at 11:42 AM

Maybe the zoo should fee the Lions a few of the many inbred Liberals. God knows there's an abundance of those.....

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rickzphd February 16 2014 at 4:47 AM

Of course, the vast majority of us are not vegetarians, but we don't form a relationship with the animals we eat. Once we take an animal into our home, however, it becomes a member of our family and we are responsible for it. We wouldn't dream of killing our beloved dog or cat. When a zoo takes in an amimal, a relationship is formed. Zoo staff give the animal a name, and often form a bond with it. Children come from afar to see and learn. In a perfect world, we would all be vegans. But even in an imperfect one, zoos should demonstrate respect and compassion for the amimals in their care. Something went awry with the moral compass of those in charge at the Copenhagen zoo.

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karengates00100 February 16 2014 at 4:23 AM

Anyone posting on here as being outraged by the killing of the giraffe. May I assume you do not eat any meat? If you do eat meat...think about it....what is the difference between a bovine being killed to provide you with a hamburger, and a giraffe being killed and fed to a lion.

I do not eat mammals, but I do not think the killing of this giraffe was something to be outraged about. I am infinitely more outraged by the treatment of all the cattle and sheep, and pigs that are treated in an inhumane way their entire lives to provide the populace with dinner.

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Niels Marienlund February 16 2014 at 4:27 AM

Your comment is a refreshing break from the endless wave of hypocrites and death-wishers ignorant about nature and culture. Thanks for slightly bolstering my faith in humanity.

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phoenixpiano February 16 2014 at 4:14 AM

The killing of ANY animal for whatever reason is vile and barbaric. What this first zoo did was a vile, barbaric act furthered by the fact that there were spectators. Of course, the fact that people WANTED to watch should show even the meanest intelligence how barbaric most of you humans are.

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kassorange February 16 2014 at 3:47 AM

Euthanize is a euphemism for cold-blooded murder. Exceptionally cold-blooded in this case. Those responsible should be relieved of their positions. Obviously they are not capable of dealing with animals in a humane and INTELLIGENT way, which means they are not capable of doing their jobs. It made me think of Hitler too, and the Bosnia-Serbian "genetic cleansing". It is really a shock that the Danes did this.

Nobody is claiming that bad things aren't done in America or that they should be allowed to continue. I don't see what that has to do with the giraffe in this story. Anid I agree: this zoo should no longer be allowed to breed animals.

I hope the Danes will be true to their heritage and make sure this doesn't happen again. And I do hope the zoologist responsible will rot in hell.

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smpiehler February 16 2014 at 3:27 AM

Why not just castrate him?

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Cath's February 16 2014 at 3:13 AM

I keep reading the paragraph wherein the spokesperson says 'sometimes you have to do something which is not very nice"... and ends with " forget about animals in the wild". This has all the ear marks of Planet of the Apes and genetics or worse yet, Hitler who also 'bred' humans for a genetically superior race. Be that as it may, their reason for killing the first giraffe [Marius] bore NO logic what so ever and they hid like cowards behind their 'laws' to justify their actions. It was barbaric at best! If genetics are their focal point then maybe they need to be genetically tested to insure they have healthy Danes ? God forbid any of them don't pass the test

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twinweingarten February 16 2014 at 3:05 AM

There is no question that the Danes behavior during WWII with regard to their Jewish population was beyond reproach. They acted as one and saved almost their entire Jewish population. They did so with full hearts and with great risk to themselves .That act of national unparalled valour cannot be tarnished "for he who saves one life saves the world entire" nevertheless their recent actions banning Jewish ritual slaughter and their professed moral basis are unfounded and their impetus obviously dishonest in light of their casualand needless killing of the baby giraffe.

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Niels Marienlund February 16 2014 at 3:24 AM

Hundreds of giraffes die every day in the wild from being killed by their prey. I don't see you fussing over it. Giraffes aren't endangered, either. Many Europeans don't have the same outlook others do. They're told where food comes from and who eats what early in life so they won't be scarred later. You'll also find plenty of children spectating the event in the photos, some of which are taking pictures with their phone, and none of which are crying and/or screaming. What this article does not tell you is the rules and restrictions set forward by the European zoological authority which looks over the zoo. I'm sure you will find plenty of zoo employees and patrons would rather have saved the giraffe. But the point is moot. Most Americans, yourself included, will jump to conclusions and assume everything you're told by the media is correct and that no additional details are relevant.

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phoenixpiano February 16 2014 at 4:18 AM

Sure they die in the wild, but people intentionally doing it is barbaric at best. Hope you enjoy your blood-feast.

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Niels Marienlund February 16 2014 at 4:23 AM

Then do enlighten me with how much meat and poultry you consume, phoenix. And, if you're a pretentious vegetarian, explain to me why you voice such a harsh opposition to the killing of one giraffe to feed it to animals that eat giraffe in the wild, but fail to exhibit any obvious disdain at the assembly-line slaughterhouses with dismal living conditions for their animals?

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vafungul0 February 16 2014 at 2:13 AM

He sounds like a true nazi

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