Copenhagen Zoo's Killing Of Healthy Giraffe Sparks Outrage
A Danish zoo killed one of its young giraffes because of laws prohibiting inbreeding. He was killed in front of the public, then fed to carnivores.By Amy Kluber | February 9, 2014
The killing of a healthy giraffe at a Copenhagen Zoo Sunday is causing controversy around the world.
The 2-year-old giraffe, named Marius, was killed because of an international breeding law that prohibits inbreeding. A zoo official says Marius' genes were already quote "over-represented" in the zoo. (Via KFOR)
With TV cameras and families watching, Marius died instantly after a staff veterinarian anesthetized him and shot him in the head with a bolt-action rifle. The animal was later skinned and his meat fed to carnivorous animals. (Via BBC)