February 12, 2014
UPDATE: I want to keep this post up for a few more days because Marius’s memory deserves it. The petition calling for Bengt Holst firing from the Copenhagen Zoo gathered 123,000 from 52,000 in one day. The petition is now closed and will be turned over to the “Copenhagen Zoo, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria and the World Wildlife Fund.” Click HERE to read the petition.
February 11, 2014
At the Copenhagen zoo, a sweet giraffe named Marius, was shot in the head by the zoo veterinarian , as he was eating a favorite rye bread, then Marius was dismembered, skinned and fed to the lions. This tragedy played out in front of zoo visitors, even children. This is something that could scar a child for life. But the zoo spokesman saw Marius’ murder as a teaching experience for kids. WHAT?
“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.”…..Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek
Why did this terrible thing happen? Well, apparently the zoo has too many giraffes, and I guess the lions were hungry. Never mind that Marius was a young giraffe, or that someone had offered to pay over $600,000 to rescue him, or that people from around the world were pleading for his life. Oh no, that didn’t matter at all!
Did This Giraffe Have to Die?
By Danielle Wiener-Bronner
The Copenhagen Zoo is under major fire for putting a perfectly healthy giraffe to death in front of visitors, including children, and then proceeding to skin, slice and feed it to the zoo’s lions. According to the Associated Press, the public event, promoted as a teaching exercise for the children, was well attended. (Warning: Some of the photos below might be upsetting to animal lovers.)
According to the zoo, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) recommended it put down Marius The Giraffe, because there were already too many giraffes with similar genes in the EAZA’s breeding program. Plus, the Copenhagen Zoo already has seven other giraffes.
The Zoo went through with the euthanization even though more than 20,000 people signed an online petition to save Marius and one individual offered to buy the animal for $680,000. The zoo also refused offers from Britain’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park because Marius’ older brother lives there, and the Copenhagen Zoo’s scientific director Bengt Holst didn’t want Marius to take up space that could be used by a “genetically more valuable giraffe.”
The zoo veterinarian, who shot the lethal bullet, described the killing in a similarly stark manner to Reuters:
The zoo veterinarian, said the giraffe was coaxed into a yard and over to a zookeeper, who held out rye bread – a food the giraffe was especially fond of, according to the video footage, which was distributed by Reuters TV. “I stood behind with a rifle, and when he put his head forward and ate the rye bread, then I shot him through the brain,” he said. “It sounds violent, but it means that Marius had no idea of what was coming. He got his bread, then he died.”
What a nice lesson in death and eugenics for our children.
Read more if you can stomach it:
Marius lays dead after being shot in the head for no reason. Children and visitors look on.
Warning Graphic Video!
Online protests fail to save Marius the giraffe
Sunday 9th February 2014
Fire Bengt Holst From the Copenhagen Zoo For Having Marius the Giraffe Killed
Click HERE to sign the above petition!
Contact the Copenhagen Zoo and let them know what you think about the murder of Marius, the innocent, sweet giraffe!
Address: Roskildevej 32, 2000 Frederiksberg
Phone: +45 7220 0200
Top Photo: Credit to reuters/keldnavntoft/scanpixDenmark
Bottom Photo: Marius dead Wiki
Video: Courtesy YouTube Sochi 2014 Olympics
Posted in: Animal cruelty, Animal rights
Tags: Marius the giraffe, Copenhagen Zoo, tragedy, senseless murder of a sentient being, children watched