Zoo gets death threats after killing healthy giraffe


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Staff at a Danish zoo received death threats after the euthanasia of a healthy giraffe, CNN reported. The killing took place despite a petition signed by thousands of animal lovers. The Copenhagen Zoo said it “euthanized” Marius to avoid inbreeding and to make room for more genetically valuable specimens. A veterinarian shot Marius with a rifle as he leaned down to munch on rye bread, a favorite snack. After an autopsy the giraffe was cut up in front of an audience that included children and fed to the zoo’s lions, tigers and leopards. American zoo officials said this is not standard practice for their facilities. Many people expressed revulsion on the zoo’s Facebook page. Hope Welch posted: “I find the killing of innocent baby giraffe Absolutely Barbaric. And to do it in front of children just desensitizes them to brutal killing of animals. Shame on you!”

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