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#1 Hum

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 00:47

Staff at a Danish zoo where a healthy giraffe was euthanized have received death threats as debate rages online over the killing, which took place despite a petition signed by thousands of animal lovers.

Several staff members were targeted after the animal, named Marius, was put down, Copenhagen Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbæk Bro told CNN on Monday. He added that Bengt Holst, director of research and conservation at Copenhagen Zoo "received threats via telephone and e-mails."

While some American zoo officials have said this is not standard practice for their facilities, the executive director of a European body governing 345 institutions has said that this can be chalked up to a misunderstanding about what is "normal in Danish culture" and that zoological experts could do a better job of communicating.

"People have perhaps lost sight of the bigger picture and perhaps we as zoos have not been good at explaining why on very few occasions we need to make decisions like this," said Lesley Dickie, executive director of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.

The Copenhagen Zoo said it euthanized Marius on Sunday to avoid inbreeding. A veterinarian shot Marius with a rifle as he leaned down to munch on rye bread, a favorite snack. After an autopsy the giraffe was dismembered in front of an audience that included children and fed to the zoo's lions, tigers and leopards.

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#2 vcfan

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 00:53

the death threats came from offended inbreds



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 00:56

They should have found someone willing to adopt the poor animal.

 

Sad to watch the world standards degenerating.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 01:03

healthy giraffe was euthanized

now, replace that giraffe with (healthy) humans ...



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 01:14

Kiling it was one thing, but they skinned it, chopped it up, and fed it to the lions....in public view.

 

Refusing several hundred thousand in offers to purchase the animal....strange, no?



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:48

Agree with John.

Several offers of re-homing were made in different countries, even the U.S and still they went ahead, not only with killing an animal in front of children, but then skinned and dismembered the carcass in front of them.

Not appropriate, and not cool. If this is the kind of short sighted view held with regards to animal`s life`s within a Zoo, then its time to seriously look at how that Zoo is run and managed.

Especially in light of such a public campaign to safe the animal.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:57

It is disgusting.

Then to do it infront of an audience that includes kids. It is terrible. It isn't like the zoo was showing them how it is Nature either.

 

Whoever made this decision should be euthanized.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 11:05

I'm not an animal rights activist, but what they did is beyond cruel and made me quite sick. I'm not saying they deserve the threats, but for sure I do not feel sorry for them.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 11:10

no animal in the wild dies of old age. they will all be killed by another animal at some point in their life.

 

also this zoo has had giraffes since the 40's, im sure they know what their doing with breeding patterns



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 11:19

no animal in the wild dies of old age. they will all be killed by another animal at some point in their life.

 

also this zoo has had giraffes since the 40's, im sure they know what their doing with breeding patterns

 

Even if they do. To do it in front of an audience which included children and to refuse other countries to re-home it for them. Is terrible.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 11:38

The threats seem somewhat valid.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 11:41

I'm not an animal rights activist, but what they did is beyond cruel and made me quite sick. I'm not saying they deserve the threats, but for sure I do not feel sorry for them.

It is; and everyone should be an animal right activist. We should not put ourselves above the other animals; in the end we are animals just like them; and we too want to be treated right.

This is sickening.



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 06:42

Kiling it was one thing, but they skinned it, chopped it up, and fed it to the lions....in public view.

 

And they did it in front of children...and were actually proud of this :|



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 20:11

Kiling it was one thing, but they skinned it, chopped it up, and fed it to the lions....in public view.

 

Refusing several hundred thousand in offers to purchase the animal....strange, no?

With that kind of money, you could protect thousands of acres of tropical rainforest containing millions of endangered animals, or completely eradicate malaria from several villages of third-world countries, rather than attempt to prolong the life of a single animal.

 

It's good that these people show humane sentiments for animals, but their efforts are completely misguided.



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 20:17

I get the outrage over killing and cutting the giraffe up in front of children...that is disgusting. However the outrage over the killing itself?

Millions of cats and dogs are euthanized at pet shelters all over America and the world because nobody wanted to adopt them. They're usually all perfectly healthy, but we still kill them to control their population. But most people are perfectly fine with that. There's no massive public outrage over people who refuse to neuter their pets or buy them from breeders. There's no outrage over shelters that put down perfectly healthy animals because nobody wanted them.

It's pretty much the same thing, just a different place.