The Copenhagen Zoo has euthanized Marius, a perfectly healthy male giraffe, citing that he did not fit in with the gene pool they wanted for their giraffe population. After destroying Marius, the zoo officials dissected his body in -and in front of children- then proceeded to feed his remains to lions. How would you categorize the zoo's actions: necessary, cold-hearted, inhumane, barbaric or something else?
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Organised Kaos, thank you. I find it very difficult to think of them as a haven now. If it was a matter of avoiding inbreeding, they could have just neutered him.
A private zoo offered to take Marius, and so did another zoo in the UK? I am thinking there is a special place in Hades for whoever made and carried out this decision. Barbaric. Cold-hearted.
I do not agree with the choices that the zoo made~and what is done is done. All anyone can do now is make the future of other animals safer, so this never happens again. Thanks.
JayeWisdom, I think some use the "educational" angle to excuse their general lack of of empathy for animals. The same excuse was used in other times to excuse sadistic practices and spectator events.
janshares, just what the world needs, huh? Children being educated in the art of callousness. Thanks for sharing!
Do you eat meat? Cows and pigs are shot through the head everyday so that we can eat their meat. Giraffes in nature die at the jaws of lions. We must recognize that our disgust stems from our being so far removed from the process in our own lives.
Point well-taken, modern housewife. After reading Melissa A Smith's hub, I see the bigger picture.
modern housewife, this is true. But I think making a spectacle out of it is part of what bothers ppl. I was taught to honor the animal we take as meat, but not use the killing as an arena event.
Bethperry, Good point! Killing/dissection for entertainment us not okay. But what about for educational purposes? Could the case be made that the intent was educational in nature? Not unlike a biology class dissecting a cat, which mine did?
modern housewife, yes, I'm sure that case could be made. If this is the case, what a contradiction of educational purposes in their decision to use a healthy giraffe. In the wild, lions tend to pick off the weakest and sickliest.
Me too, savvydating. Thanks for sharing.
Well said, FatFreddysCat.
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Thank you, cat on a soapbox!
Alastar, very true about the Danes & culture. I don't think this incident is a reflection on the Danes in general, at least it shouldn't be taken as such. You're also right about the worldwide response.
Thank you, old albion. I think you may be right on target with that theory.
Excellent observations, debbyh!
On 2-14-2014, it was announced on radio that the next smaller giraffe in the group is to be killed and fed to the lions soon because he is taking up space..
News reports were that the officials of Copenhagen Zoo said giving or selling Marius elsewhere was against laws/regulations. That is completely different from rules in America and Australia.
junkseller, you do make a valid point. But most people wouldn't euthanize their dog in order to control the dog population when they could just as easily have it neutered.
I agree, but wouldn't the purpose of a Zoo to be mostly educational, to teach ppl about animals they wouldn't otherwise see or know about? showing the anatomy of a giraffe or how lions actually get the meat off the carcass would be educational
bethperry, people might not, but shelters do all the time (estimated to be in the millions per year). It's a terrible reality organizations who manage animals often face.
m.h., education, absolutely, which is intertwined with conservation.
Perfectly expressed. People call themselves animal lovers yet turn a blind eye on cruelty that goes on behind factory farming. Perhaps the truth will spoil their dinners.All living creatures r equal they feel pain, joy, sadness, loneliness, pleasure
Thank you, dragonflycolor.
Thanks. Many people are very angry about this.
It's rather unfair that your comment got voted down.
I agree that your comment, although offensive to some, shows a lot of thought and truth. If people had to kill what they eat, it would change quite a few mind-sets. Respect for life is key, even when hunting, as we are designed to be predators..
Thanks guys! I Appreciate that!
There is a difference between personally killing the animal you are to eat, and butchery for the sake of butchery. No predators other than humans kill for the pure spectacle of it.
I would never condone senseless slaughter of ANYTHING! Anyone who kills for spectacle is evil & w/o conscious. Marius comes down to animal-type eugenics: purely& simply wrong!!
Giraffes are a natural food source for lions. It was killed and used to feed lions their natural diet. I don't really see the difference between killing a giraffe or a cow to feed the lions.
Killing Marius because he didn't suit the gene pool any longer was wrong. Feeding him to the lions was not; however, it shouldn't have been done as a public spectacle.
Thank you, cat on a soapbox, well said.