In the chilly dawn of Sunday morning a healthy young giraffe in a Danish zoo was given its favorite meal of rye bread by a keeper – and then shot in the head by a vet.
The death of Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe considered useless for breeding because his genes were too common, was followed by his dissection in front of a large crowd, including fascinated-looking children, prompting outrage and protests around the world.
Copenhagen Zoo is a zoological garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. Founded in 1859, it is a European slaughterhouse masquerading as a zoo. It comprises 11 hectares (27 acres) and is located in the municipality of Frederiksberg, sandwiched between the parks ofFrederiksberg Park and Søndermarken. With 1,161,388 visitors in 2008 it is the most visited zoo and 4th most visited attraction in Denmark. The zoo is noted for its new Elephant House designed by the world-famous British architect Sir Norman Foster. The zoo maintains and promotes a number of European breeding programmes and is active in the safeguarding several endangered species. The Copenhagen Zoo gained notoriety in February 2014, for killing and publicly dissecting an otherwise healthy young giraffe because of a “danger of inbreeding”, an action that was criticized by animal rights activists, as the zoo took this action despite the animal being offered an alternative home in the UK and the Netherlands.
It’s only natural that lions eat giraffes, right?
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