#AceNewsServices says “Surplus’ giraffe put down at Copenhagen Zoo all in the name of being the `Perfect Genetic Specimen according to `Bengt Holst’- Scientific Director” `
A bid to save a young giraffe from destruction at Copenhagen Zoo has failed, and the giraffe was put down on Sunday morning.
Thousands of people had signed an on-line petitions appealing for a change of heart over the two-year-old called Marius.
The zoo said it had no choice because of its duty to avoid in-breeding.
Marius was due to be killed by a bolt gun, not a lethal injection, which would contaminate the meat.
The carcass will partly be used for research and partly to feed carnivores at the zoo.
It said it was “saddened” by the killing of the animal.
‘Good practice’Stine Jensen, from Denmark’s Organisation Against the Suffering of Animals, said the situation “should not have occurred”.
I can’t believe it.
We offered to save his life. Zoos need to change the way they do business”
Robert KrijuffDirector of Dutch wildlife park
“It just shows that the zoo is in fact not the ethical institution that it wants to portray itself as being, because here you have a waste product – that being Marius.
“Here we have a zoo which thinks that putting this giraffe down instead of thinking of alternatives is the best option,” she said.
But Bengt Holst, scientific director at the Danish zoo, defended Marius’s destruction, saying that giraffes had to be selected to ensure the best genes were passed down to ensure the animal’s long-term survival.
He told the BBC it was a responsible practice on the part of zoos to manage their animal populations to ensure they remained healthy, with some 20-30 animals put down at Copenhagen Zoo in a typical year.
“Giraffes today breed very well, and when they do you have to choose and make sure the ones you keep are the ones with the best genes,” Mr Holst told the BBC.
He said all zoos had been considered and there was no place for Marius – including at Yorkshire where, he said, any space should be reserved for a genetically more important giraffe.
The campaign to save him, he said, had gone “much too far”.
Animal rights campaigners have described the move as barbaric and have accused the zoo of being unethical.
The director of a wildlife park in the Netherlands, Robert Krijuff, whose last-minute offer of a place was also rejected, said: “I can’t believe it.
We offered to save his life. Zoos need to change the way they do business.”
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