“…the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”
Leonardo da Vinci
I can’t believe it. We offered to save his life. Zoos need to change the way they do business”
Director of Dutch wildlife park
This morning I was shocked, horrified, sad and angry to read about the murder of a giraffe at a zoo in Copenhagen. While strictly speaking in the English language the term murder can only be used in reference to a human being it is however the only word that adequately describes the atrocity committed towards this gentle and most importantly sentient being – and I might add all animals whose lives are taken from them by human beings for any reason. Extreme by the standards of many I know. However animal rights issues per se are not the subject of this post.
The above atrocity has shocked people worldwide, not only animal rights supporters such as myself who abhor the killing, exploitation and abuse of any animal including the human animal. In fact I was alerted to this crime by an e-mail pal in Uruguay.
The horror of this sickening event was compound by the fact that the unfortunate animal was skinned and fed to lions in front of children. Remember the incident last week of the Foxes killed in front of children.
What kind of message does this send to those children? I thought barbaric scenes like this would only be seen in places such as China.
The callous indifference of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria which made the decision to kill the giraffe and to which the Copenhagen zoo belongs is shocking in the extreme. Bengt Holst, scientific director at the Copenhagen zoo defended the decision.
Apparently strict breeding rules was their justification for killing an intelligent thinking feeling living being.
“Holst, told the BBC.
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,”
There is no justification under any circumstance, less so when there had been an offer to rehome the animal by a wildlife park in the UK which has a state-of-the-art giraffe house and the capacity for an extra male. Several other zoos offered to take Marius and an offer of 500,000 euros was made to the Copenhagen Zoo from a private individual.
So why kill this animal, surely not for cheap food for the lions? Though nothing would surprise me. Or perhaps it was sheer bloody mindedness. Whatever the decision to murder this animal is barbaric and unethical.
Thousands of people signed an online petition appealing for a change of heart over the two-year-old Marius, yet nothing moved these indifferent callous persons to compassion and respect for the life of this animal, who like all creatures wishes to live as much as you or I or Bengt Holst.
What right have human beings to kill and interfere with the lives of the other creatures with whom we share this world. Zoos are in any case no place for animals. Breeding programmes are simply excuses to continue this anachronism of a less enlightened time.
A spokesman for the zoo told the Associated Press the event allowed parents to decide whether their children should watch.
“I’m actually proud because I think we have given children a huge understanding of the anatomy of a giraffe that they wouldn’t have had from watching a giraffe in a photo,”
I am speechless. Look closely at the photo some are very young children, who knows the psychological damage caused or the callous indifference engendered. The world is a cold and hard place of indifference to suffering and one can understand why when children are desensitised in such a way.
I am reminded of yet another story concerning barbaric and callous cruelty towards giraffe involving children reblogged here and the petition associated with this with a photo which shows a family, including three children, standing over a dead giraffe http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/929/929/857/?z00m=20677266
Shame on the parents, Shame on the Zoo
Action you can take
If you feel as strongly about this as I and thousands worldwide please write to the Copenhagen zoo and to European Association of Zoos and Aquaria and express your outrage in the strongest possible way without being abusive.
This is Zoo’s main mailbox, where mails will be distributed to other departments.
DK 2000 Frederiksberg
DenmarkZoo Food & Shop A/S has the same address
European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
Phone: +31 20 520 07 50
Fax: +31 20 520 07 52
Postal Address: EAZA Executive Office
c/o Artis Zoo – Amsterdam
PO Box 20164
1000 HD Amsterdam
Sign a Petition:
Demand Justice For Marius, a Baby Giraffe Killed in Public By Zoo
Sign a petition to Fire Bengt Holst From the Copenhagen Zoo For Having Marius the Giraffe Killed
Here are more addresses sent to me by my friend in Uruguay that you may wish to write too regarding the death of Marius.
The E-mail address of Bengt Holst firstname.lastname@example.org
You may want to write to Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister Denmark: email@example.com
Also a petition:
Here is an article in Psychology Today which you may find very interesting.
What the Copenhagen Zoo did had nothing to do with nature, or science, or animal husbandry, or education, or research. Its actions instead constituted blood sport for human entertainment.
The inhumane and grotesque manner in which this animal was killed had nothing to do with animal management or science. It is apparent that the killing of Marius was nothing more than a canned hunt-blood sport in the name of animal science. What we learned is that scientists can be truly heartless, seeing living creatures as nothing more than collections of organs to be cut open and put on display.
Over the past 18 months, that zoo benefited financially from the people who came to see the infant giraffe. He deserved a better, more dignified death than that. More than that, he deserved to live.
Extracts From: What We Learned From Marius the Giraffe by Dr. Denise Cummins
Read More: http://www.psychologytoday.com/em/143818
It might be an idea to include a link to this article if you write to the zoo, Bengt Holst and European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
I think the important thing now is to make sure this does not happen again.