GRAPHIC IMAGE: Danish zookeepers kill healthy baby giraffe with a bolt gun because he was ‘surplus to requirements’ – then feed him to the LIONS

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WTF…this young giraffe didn’t have to die, this is so fxxxxd up! Marius was offered numerous homes along with a guy willing to pay thousands of pounds to save the animal. This is more than tragic & has shown us the public, an insight into these so called Conservation breeding programs! If these zoo’s allow these births, then they should be prepared to re-home the animals if they do not fit in the correct genetic make-up!! 

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  • Marius was shot with a bolt gun at Copenhagen Zoo
  • Spokesman said they were unable to find Marius a home at another zoo
  • Thousands had signed petitions appealing for a change of heart
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park reportedly put in a last-ditch offer to take Marius in

This is the horrific moment schoolchildren crowded around to watch as the body of a perfectly healthy giraffe was chopped up before being fed to lions.

Despite more than 20,000 people signing an on-line petition to save two-year-old Marius, staff at Copenhagen Zoo yesterday went ahead and shot the animal with a bolt pistol.

Young children stood at arm’s length as his carcass was skinned and dissected before the meat was thrown to the lions.

Perfectly healthy: The giraffe named Marius who was shot dead and autopsied in the presence of visitors to the gardens at Copenhagen Zoo

The Danish zoo said the drastic move was needed to combat inbreeding and insisted the display was educational.

But animal rights campaigners last night condemned the killing of Marius, saying it exposed the cruel reality of welfare even in Europe’s top zoos.

Marius’s plight had triggered worldwide outpourings of protest, including an offer to re-home him in Britain, with many saying they were sickened by a zoo killing a healthy animal.

Copenhagen Zoo said it was told by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) that Marius was genetically too similar to the other giraffes in its breeding programme. Because captive animals are bred from a limited gene pool, zoos are monitored to prevent inbreeding and ensure the health of future generations.

After announcing plans to have Marius put down, the zoo received offers of a new home – including one from Yorkshire Wildlife Park – as well as a private buyer who offered 500,000 euros (£410,000).

A crown gathers for the public autopsy on Marius’s body

But bosses said the rules of EAZA membership meant animals could not be transferred to institutions that did not follow its rules on breeding programmes.

The zoo’s scientific director, Bengt Holst, said it was the same as parks culling deer to keep the whole population healthy.

He said: ‘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. The most important factor must be that the animals are healthy physically and behaviourally and that they have a good life while they are living, whether this life is long or short.’

Marius (centre) was shot with a bolt gun and will be chopped up for the other animals’ dinner.

Mr Holst said the zoo didn’t give its eight giraffes contraceptives due to ‘unwanted side effects on the internal organs’ and in order to allow animals to display natural parenting behaviour. According to Danish media, Copenhagen Zoo destroys 20-30 animals a year, including bears, tigers and zebras.

Mr Holst told the BBC spaces at institutions such as Yorkshire Wildlife Park should be reserved for ‘genetically more important’ giraffes and that the campaign to save Marius had gone ‘much too far’.

To supporters’ horror, the zoo yesterday announced Marius had been killed with a bolt gun instead of a lethal injection, which would have contaminated the flesh.

His carcass was then skinned and chopped up while visitors crowded around and the meat was fed to the lion population.

A lion feasts on the remains of Marius at Copenhagen Zoo after the mammal was put down earlier in the day

A spokesman said parents were allowed to decide whether their children should watch what the zoo regarded as an important display of scientific knowledge about animals, adding that it would have been ‘foolish’ to let the meat go to waste. Doncaster-based Yorkshire Wildlife Park, whose Danish head of ‘hoofstock’ offered to re-home Marius, said it was ‘saddened’ by the news.

‘We have a state-of-the-art giraffe house built in 2012 with a bachelor herd of four male giraffes and the capacity to take an extra male, subject to the agreement of the European studbook keeper,’ it said.

However the park said it received no response by the time it learnt that Marius had been destroyed.

Stine Jensen, of Denmark’s Organisation Against the Suffering of Animals, said the killing showed Copenhagen Zoo was not ‘the  ethical institution that it wants to portray itself as being’.

Longleat Safari Park yesterday admitted it put down two lions and four cubs. The Wiltshire park said it had too many lions and they were growing violent. But visitors asked why new homes were not found.

Copenhagen Zoo Kills Giraffe Rare Red “Marius” Giraffe Killed for Science feed to carnivores (Not Graphic)


Published on 9 Feb 2014

Rare Red Giraffe Put Down at Copenhagen Zoo Marius Giraffe Killed for Science. Efforts to win a last minute reprieve for a young giraffe called Marius at Copenhagen Zoo have failed and the zoo has put the animal down. 
Scientists defended the action saying that giraffes had to be selected to ensure the best genes were passed down to future generations.
Thousands of people had signed an online petition urging the zoo to find the giraffe another home. The carcass will partly be used for research and partly to feed carnivores.Malcolm Brabant reports.

Animal group urges fair to cancel elephant rides

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A Southern California animal welfare group has asked the Kern County Fair Board to end elephant rides at the fair, saying the Have Trunk Will Travel company that provides them abuses the animals and will put fairgoers at risk.

An email sent to the Kern County Fair Board by Animal Defenders International includes, with the request to terminate the Have Trunk contract, a video showing company staff using staves and stun guns to beat and zap the large animals while training them to stand on their forelegs, balance on platforms and do other circus tricks.


“We think that bringing abused elephants into a crowded space like the Kern County Fair is a potential recipe for disaster,” said Matt Rossell, campaigns director for Animal Defenders International. “Based on the clear video evidence, these animals are being abused.”

But Kari Johnson, co-owner with her husband, Gary, of Have Trunk Will Travel, said the video that ADI states was shot in 2005 is “not representative of our training practices.”

Have Trunk has not changed its training practices since 2005, she said, but the video is a carefully edited creation that takes the incidents in question completely out of context with the purpose of making Have Trunk look bad.

“Its so powerful because it’s visual,” she said.

Despite that argument, groups like ADI have been successful in convincing other fairs and zoos to cancel elephant rides provided by Have Trunk Will Travel.

The Santa Ana Zoo ended elephant rides in December after 25 years, in part because new standards from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums call for animal handlers to minimize the time they spend in the same space as the massive animals, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In March the board of the Orange County Fair voted to end its relationship with the Johnsons and their business and terminate elephant rides at the fair, according to the Orange County Register.

Kern County Fair CEO Mike Olcott said he has decided to continue the elephant rides as planned when the local fair opens Wednesday morning. “I researched it and everything is OK,” he said.

The group has been providing elephant rides at the Kern County Fair for 10 years, Olcott said, and there has never been a problem. The fair has a contract with Have Trunk and, Olcott said, he believes it is too late to cancel the deal for this year.

But one member of the fair board, Mark Salvaggio, has called for Olcott to bring the decision to the fair board.

In an email to Olcott early Thursday afternoon, Salvaggio said he was “troubled over the questions” raised by the ADI email. He asked Olcott to add an item to the board’s Monday agenda allowing discussion and action on termination of the contract.

Olcott said he does not plan to put the item on the board agenda because agendas are released 10 days prior to the meeting and it is too late to add something to it.

Members of the public will be allowed to speak during the public comment section of the meeting but the board will not be able to act on their comments.

Olcott said that if his board president wants to put the issue on the agenda after the fair is over, the board can discuss it at that point.

The battle between animal groups and Have Trunk Will Travel — a for-profit business that provides elephants for films, commercials, weddings, fairs and other events — has been going on for a couple of years.

“In what context is it OK to shock and beat an elephant?” Rossell said. “The only justification I could see was if someone was in imminent danger.”

The video clearly shows that the animal handlers were not in danger from the elephants but instead were using the devices as part of routine training and animal husbandry and was shot over eight weeks, he said.

Johnson said the various groups that regulate her business — from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums — have seen the video and dismissed it.

Have Trunk is certified by the AZA as a “related facility” through March 2014, according to the association’s website.

“Shocking elephants and other violent behavior depicted in the video is prohibited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums guidelines, the American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, and in California statute,” Rossell wrote in a statement.

Johnson said her company has been warmly received at the Kern County Fair for the decade it has been there.

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Toronto Zoo Elephants Need Your Help!

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The elephants at the Toronto Zoo – Iringa, Toka and Thika – need your help again. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) revoked the zoo’s accreditation last week because of a plan to send the elephants to a sanctuary. Now, some City of Toronto Councillors are wondering if they made the right decision when they voted to send the elephants to the PAWS Sanctuary in California.

Don’t let the AZA get away with these bully tactics meant to stop the transfer of the Toronto Zoo elephants to a large, natural-habitat sanctuary, and to intimidate other zoos that may want to do the same for their elephants.

Tell the City of Toronto Councillors that the world is watching!

Send a message to the City of Toronto Councillors, urging them to stay the course and send Iringa, Toka and Thika to the PAWS Sanctuary.

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