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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 02:41 PM

Keepers at a Danish zoo have defended their decision to put down a 'surplus' giraffe.

Eighteen-month-old Marius, a giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo, was killed this morning by a bolt gun following a call for the facility to change its mind.

http://metro.co.uk/2...lation-4296383/

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 02:45 PM

While maintenance of such a large animal would be costly, I cannot imagine that steps could not have been taken to avoid such an extreme solution. My state is one of the poorest in the country but we as citizens would gladly done so. Some individual would have started things rolling with a donation and others would have followed. It's a shame.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 02:47 PM

View Postand then, on 09 February 2014 - 02:45 PM, said:

While maintenance of such a large animal would be costly, I cannot imagine that steps could not have been taken to avoid such an extreme solution. My state is one of the poorest in the country but we as citizens would gladly done so. Some individual would have started things rolling with a donation and others would have followed. It's a shame.

Steps were taken, but none were viable. And as the vet correctly asked, why not this outrage about pigs, cows, etc.?

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 03:00 PM

View Postbadeskov, on 09 February 2014 - 02:47 PM, said:

Steps were taken, but none were viable. And as the vet correctly asked, why not this outrage about pigs, cows, etc.?

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I guess because they are part of the food chain for us, this giraffe was there to earn a "tourist dollar" when it wasn't cost effective it was discarded - that is an offensive way to think about any life.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 03:09 PM

View Postbadeskov, on 09 February 2014 - 02:47 PM, said:

Steps were taken, but none were viable.

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Not even this?

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Other zoos, including the Yorkshire wildlife park in Britain, had offered to take it in.

http://www.theguardi...-giraffe-marius

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 03:27 PM

A Lioness and cubs were also put down, in the UK! (in another separate story that is)

http://www.dailymail...taff-tears.html


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 03:58 PM

View Postseeder, on 09 February 2014 - 03:27 PM, said:

A Lioness and cubs were also put down, in the UK! (in another separate story that is)

http://www.dailymail...taff-tears.html
In the BBC version of that news story it says -

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A spokesman said a spate of pregnancies had led to a 40% increase in lion numbers causing "excessive violent behaviour".

It said one lion was destroyed after being injured in an attack while five more were destroyed because their health was believed to be at risk.
http://www.bbc.co.uk...tshire-26108506

Whereas the giraffe was said to be 'healthy'.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 06:06 PM

A similar situation exists in the US for Greyhounds.  Once their useful time on a racetrack is finished they are euthanized if not adopted.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 07:17 PM

View PostlibstaK, on 09 February 2014 - 03:00 PM, said:

I guess because they are part of the food chain for us, this giraffe was there to earn a "tourist dollar" when it wasn't cost effective it was discarded - that is an offensive way to think about any life.

It was not put down because it was not cost effective, but because it was a male too many in the fold. While giraffes are social animals, there is also a strong hierarchy among them and as a male, Marius would have been harassed and excluded by the rest of the flock essentially giving him a miserable life - the other male was already after him. And unfortunately there was nobody in the European Association of ZOOs and Aquaria that were able to take him.    

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:15 PM

So, do they intend to use the animal to feed homeless, or anything?

Seems like a waste of a lot of raw materials

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:16 PM

View PostScheming B, on 09 February 2014 - 09:15 PM, said:

So, do they intend to use the animal to feed homeless, or anything?

Seems like a waste of a lot of raw materials

The carcass was autopsied and most of it was fed to the lions. The vets keep a few things for science and further study.

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Edited for typo.

Edited by badeskov, 09 February 2014 - 10:32 PM.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:04 AM

View Postbadeskov, on 09 February 2014 - 10:16 PM, said:

The carcass was autopsied and most of it was fed to the lions. The vets keep a few things for science and further study.

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Edited for typo.

Zookeepers kill healthy baby giraffe with a bolt gun because he was 'surplus to requirements' and then feed him to the lions but not before doing an autopsy in front of young children.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:56 PM

http://www.yousign.o.../copenhagen-zoo

I cannot even express how outraged I am by this.
If anyone feels the same, please sign the petition to the government of Copenhagen.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 03:14 PM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 10 February 2014 - 02:56 PM, said:

http://www.yousign.o.../copenhagen-zoo

I cannot even express how outraged I am by this.
If anyone feels the same, please sign the petition to the government of Copenhagen.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 05:05 AM

While i am not outraged in the slightest about killing a giraffe and feeding it to lions, i was outraged by a comment that this giraffe was "genetically inferior". What does that mean?





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