Many of you like me will have been saddened by the unrelenting decision by Copenhagen zoo to publically shoot Marius the giraffe in an attempt to prevent inbreeding. Allegedly not responding to offers to rehouse Marius including one from Yorkshire Wildlife Park where they have a state of the art giraffe house because the zoo’s scientific director felt that the park’s space could be better used by a “genetically more valuable giraffe”. Anyone else feel uncomfortable with this reasoning?
I am deeply, deeply sorry that rescue didn’t come soon enough for Marius and horrified that children were invited to watch particularly when they will discover soon enough that this world can be a horrible place. I was raised to respect all living things and I fail to see what lesson will have been shared with those witnessing this truly appalling grisly event.
There’s something a little mercenary with an organisation that is quite happy to so ruthlessly destroy something when it’s passed its usefulness in the name of conservation but at the same time was happy to exploit this living breathing creature some eighteen months’ ago when it was born and clearly the subject of inbreeding wasn’t as important as generating extra ticket sales.
When one is so dependent on the public for funds was it really a wise move to ignore such vehement public opinion; only time will tell. I do know one thing it was not the proudest day in this zoo’s history and unfortunately the world will always remember Copenhagen zoo as the one that mercilessly slaughtered a gentle giraffe in a public arena and fed it to their lions.
The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world