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IMO February 11th, 2014 7:20pm

The Copenhagen Zoo put down a healthy young giraffe, dissected it and fed it's meat to lions (in front of a crowd, many of which were children). Should a zoo have the right to kill healthy "surplus" animals in an attempt to prevent overpopulation?

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keeper1722 lighthearted
02/12/14 10:23 pm

Are selling healthy giraffes for a profit to other zoos not an option?

IMO atoms, space, opinion
02/12/14 10:56 pm

They had offers but none met the breeding standards.

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/11/14 8:01 pm

The lions have got to eat something.

RoDe Latinus wordsus
02/11/14 5:58 pm

Ok first of all, it was not due to overpopulation, it's because they said it had overpopulated genes so any offspring would suffer from the symptoms of inbreeding. Why they couldn't neuter the animal instead if killing it I do no understand.

glyiker America
02/11/14 7:01 pm

The lions do need to eat something. If it wasn't the giraffe it would have been a different animal, what difference does it make?

RoDe Latinus wordsus
02/11/14 8:30 pm

I'd prefer the lions to be on a diet excluding dolphins, giraffes, and penguins. We decide as a society what animals we do not want to see killed, as this poll indicates most people would give giraffes that protected status. In Japan they kill

RoDe Latinus wordsus
02/11/14 8:32 pm

dolphins and the US protests it, theY're appalled that we eat lamb, so they don't take it personally when we insult them about dolphins. Each culture has animals that they determine to be special- dolphins for US, lambs in Japan. There's millenniums

RoDe Latinus wordsus
02/11/14 8:35 pm

of history of societies deeming certain animals special. While it may be incomprehensible to you, a large portion of the population of the US sees the senseless killing of a giraffe repugnant, if you don't that more says something about you than us.

glyiker America
02/12/14 1:50 pm

You have not explained what is so special about giraffes.

RoDe Latinus wordsus
02/12/14 2:35 pm

There is nothing innately 'special' about them. We find them cute. There's nothing innately special about dolphins but we ban killing them. There's no empirical reason for why they are an animal held in a special regard, but society incomprehensible

RoDe Latinus wordsus
02/12/14 2:37 pm

to you has organically decided that giraffes shouldn't be pointlessly killed. The lions had other food they were regularly eating, this was a 'treat' for them not sustenance. As for potential reasons why our society holds them in special regard it

RoDe Latinus wordsus
02/12/14 3:01 pm

could have to do with their unique body shape and coloring, their expressive faces. Why don't we allow testing on monkeys without approval. Because we think it's wrong. Why? Because we feel that way. Empirical evidence? Nope, but society decides.

glyiker America
02/12/14 5:42 pm

It is true that I will never understand a society that makes claims without evidence, however I don't want to be a part of one, either. If the lion were to have been fed a seal, would you be sad? A cow? If I went around and asked people if they

glyiker America
02/12/14 5:48 pm

Were ok with killing any animal, they would probably say no. Some animal is going to be killed to feed the lion. Did you know that prides eat giraffes in the wild? Nothing can be done about it. According to your logic, then all the cute animals

glyiker America
02/12/14 5:49 pm

Should be saved simply because they are cute, which isn't possible.

RoDe Latinus wordsus
02/12/14 6:37 pm

No- according to my logic all cute animals shouldn't be needlessly executed by humans. I'm not advocating protecting wild giraffes.

missmorganmarie ...
02/11/14 2:53 pm

what the fuck is wrong with Denmark!?!?!??! this absolutely sickens me

smacc DunningKruger
02/11/14 2:44 pm

Short of not having zoos at all, it seems a responsible choice. The lion has to eat one animal or another. I'm not sure about doing it in front of guests though.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
02/11/14 2:16 pm

I am so upset by this story I cannot bare to talk about it anymore.

duey in a fools paradise
02/11/14 1:56 pm

This is the same zoo that killed a lion mother and 3 cubs. There is something wrong with the thinking at this zoo. I get what happens to animals that inbreed but there are so many other Zoo's, organization's that would have been willing to take them.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
02/11/14 4:06 pm

There is a lot of red tape on transferring animals based on the breeding standards. They took the "lazy" way out.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
02/11/14 1:49 pm

They could have at least offered some of the giraffe chops to the kiddies as souvenirs. Geez.

Sorry for the snark. Seems in part this is a situation where the transfer of animals is "overburdened" by regulation and the zoo took the easy way out.

jvc1133 61535
02/11/14 1:38 pm

Probably was a better solution

JennaAwesome Book Lover
02/11/14 12:57 pm

It's a zoo, they trying to save animals, supposedly

IMO atoms, space, opinion
02/11/14 12:47 pm

I can see overpopulation becoming an issue, they must have the space & personal. But if they had options to keep this young healthy animal alive, why didn't they? Apparently this zoo destroys 20-30 animals a year, including bears, tigers and zebras.

stefanie22 Cincinnati
02/11/14 12:44 pm

It wasn't to prevent over population, it was to prevent inbreeding, either way, not cool.

IMO atoms, space, opinion
02/11/14 12:51 pm

He was genetically similar and therefore no less inferior to his kin. If the zoo had limited giraffes, I'm sure they would have kept him. The 'bachelor house' was limited to four male giraffes. One had to go.

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
02/11/14 12:26 pm

They could of sold it to another zoo... What idiots...

IMO atoms, space, opinion
02/11/14 12:41 pm

"The zoo received offers including one who offered 500,000 euros but the rules of EAZA membership meant animals could not be transferred to institutions that did not follow its rules on breeding programmes."