I am not being argumentative; just curious about this aspect of the situation. If we are going to keep lions in a zoo then Animals must be killed to feed them. Cows, horses, pigs, sheep, deer are routinely killed in a manner very similar to the giraffe and used to feed zoo lions and tigers. Are you equally disgusted and outraged about the killing of these other animals? Why is the giraffe different? Is it appalling for documentaries to show lions take down and eat prey in the wild? Do you eat meat? Please keep the conversation respectful as we discuss our views!
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If they cared and there was a chance of sending the giraffe to another zoo why not do it? Well, it was part of the screaming headlines that the killing did take place in front of children.
veterinarian experience is good for children. it is a valuable lesson in the circle of life. the families in attendance knew the event was scheduled and so the parents decided to expose their children to reality. do you think farmers do any less?
Well, the media got involved and more than just those who wanted to have their children exposed to such a thing were exposed. It is not the circle of life. Giraffe was healthy. In the wild the giraffe would have stood a chance to get away from lions.
You both bring up good points. I agree about TB's "vet experience" completely; Rod, that is a good point that others were exposed unvoluntarily, but a lot of media reports appall me; I don't advocate they be stopped. I don't have to watch...
Rod - the truth is that animals are slaughtered daily to provide food for everyone world wide. The giraffe was owned by the zoo and they have every right to do training and education support during such activity. USA farmers do the same daily.
killing plants is the same as killing animals. anyone who eats to live is simply normally responding to the circle of life. one is neither better or worse than the other.
No, plants are not the same as animals - don't be ridiculous. If you kick a head of lettuce does it scream in pain? No? I bet an animal would. If you value life so little that's scary.
I suspected but didn't know that other zoos had offered to take the giraffe. Some zoo! They are supposed to look after the animals in their care. In the wild healthy young animals are not easily hunted down and killed by predators.
Good point. What do you think about the animals being killed to feed the lions, whether they are giraffes, deer, cows, whatever? Is this giraffe's death worse than that of those animals or is it the publicity that bothers you?
Giraffe's are endangered - cows, pigs etc. are not. Zoo's killing healthy one's cheapens the argument about stopping poachers in Africa. It was a shameful display and publicity stunt.
ChristinS - the giraffe is not listed completely as endangered. there are some subspecies that are listed, but the giraffe in Denmark was not of those breeds. Therefore, it equaled the cows, pigs, etc.
I agree with ChristinS. Yes killing a giraffe in a zoo when the animal is healthy does damage the argument for stopping poaching in Africa. Yes if done as a publicity stunt shameful indeed.
tbHistorian, you seem to glorify in death.
Rod, do you eat meat? I don't see TB or Peter glorifying death; the truth is, if you are going to keep lions in a zoo, you must kill animals for them to eat. What makes this giraffe different than a cow or horse, which are regularly fed to lions?
Rod - I recognize truth about the consumption of animal meat regardless of who, what, when, or where. You should also recognize the circle of life that is provided by such activity whether it be cow, pig, rabbit, moose, giraffe, or any other animal.
Modern housewife I do eat meat but that isn't the point. The giraffe is different from cows, etc. Animals brought in from elsewhere in the world and their offspring are expected to be looked after. Killed on the quiet I might agree with.