The internet is going nuts about an 18-month-old giraffe that was put down at Copenhagen Zoo. Stop protesting, crying and losing your mind about it. I’m here to tell you why you shouldn’t give a damn about a healthy giraffe being killed in a zoo and fed to the lions.
The Danish zoo euthanized the healthy young male giraffe named Marius because it was trying to avoid inbreeding. If you don’t know anything about the international breeding program, you probably think that the giraffe should have just been left alone. But it doesn’t work like that. This particular giraffe’s genes were already well represented in the program, so they couldn’t let it live and inbreed.
Why not just give the giraffes contraceptives? In addition to doing damage on their organs, it’s important for the animals to breed and birth naturally in captivity, just as they do in the wild.
Why didn’t they ship the giraffe off to another zoo? The zoo’s scientific director Bengt Holst explained all that on the zoo’s website before the animal was killed, “Only zoos that follow certain rules can be part of international breeding programmes. In Europe this is only the zoos that are members of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). EAZA is an association that counts just over 300 members.
As a member of EAZA you agree to the following rules of not selling animals, working on a scientific basis and ensuring animal welfare. The international breeding programmes are fully controlled and open and are collaborations between institutions that follow from the same set of rules. This is important for the breeding programmes to work.”
We all know that releasing it into the wild wasn’t a possibility — there’s no way it would have survived, and on top of that, there’s not a release/reintroduction program in existence for giraffes.
And now most of you are saying, “Why, oh why, did they carve it up and feed it to the lions… in front of children!?”
First of all, what did you expect them to do with all that good meat? Throw it away? It’s logical that they would feed it to the zoo’s carnivores. As for doing it in front of children, the parents of those children allowed them to watch. If you think it would be too much for YOUR children, then that’s your decision. But these parents thought it would be a good learning experience for their kids (or maybe their kids just liked the blood and guts, who knows?).
But let’s get down to why you shouldn’t care about this baby giraffe being killed…
1) Animals are killed in this manner all the time. Just in this particular zoo, 20 to 30 animals each year are culled for the same reason. They are usually goats, antelopes and wild boars. So, are you just flipped out that this time it’s a giraffe? Because I know you aren’t up in arms every time a deer is killed in one of the thousands of zoos around the world.
2) You eat meat. I know you do. Our readership isn’t full of vegans who’ve never touched a burger in their lives. If you aren’t crying for the cow when you are chomping down on a Big Mac, you shouldn’t be crying for the giraffe that got devoured by a lion.
3) Third and most importantly, THERE ARE BETTER THINGS TO GET MAD AND SAD ABOUT! Are you sad about the hundreds of thousands of children in foster care across the country? Are you mad about the soldiers that are dying fighting in unnecessary wars? Are you upset about the drug epidemic in America? The condition of our schools? The unemployment rate? Those are human issues… things that matter. Things that affect you, your kids, your grandkids. A giraffe… a fucking giraffe? Come on, now. Get over it.
Check out the images and video of the giraffe being dismembered below, if you are so inclined. WARNING GRAPHIC!