Just days ago, a healthy 2-year-old giraffe was killed at the Copenhagen Zoo because he was a “surplus” giraffe and there were concerns of inbreeding. Rather than sterilize or relocate the young giraffe, Bengt Holst, the scientific director at the zoo, chose to put the giraffe down with a bolt gun, perform an autopsy in front of zoo visitors to “educate,” and then feed parts of the giraffe’s remains to some of the carnivorous cats at the zoo. While Holst maintains that the zoo did the right thing, naturally his decision has caused reactions from around the world, many of them tagged online with #justiceforMarius. Some celebrities have spoken out against Holst’s decision, as well.
“Oh man,I’ve seen a lot of abuses in my life, but this baby Giraffe killing at the Copenhagen Zoo is overwhelming. I have to take a cry walk,” wrote Kristie Alley on Facebook.
“Very disappointed in Copenhagen zoo,” Ricky Gervais wrote on Monday. “Destroying a beautiful healthy animal because it was surplus to your needs just isn’t good enough.”
Still can’t comprehend why the Danish zoo killed the beautiful young healthy giraffe. Yes, they had “reasons”–so did Nazi doctors.
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) February 11, 2014
There is now a Care2 petition circulating that calls for the resignation of Holtz as the scientific director at the Copenhagen Zoo. It currently has over 123,000 signatures.
“There were many efforts both nationally and internationally to try to save Marius’ life. Bengt Holst, the zoo’s scientific director, turned away offers from other zoos to rehome the young healthy giraffe,” writes the petition’s author. “Almost 30,000 people signed a petition to save Marius’ life but the zoo still went ahead and killed him.
“Marius’ killing was unnecessary and unethical. Please sign this petition to have Bengt Holst removed from his position at the Copenhagen Zoo.”
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