Axl Rose says Marius' death could have been avoided.
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Axl Rose, American singer, song-writer and musician, took to the Internet to voice his passionate opinion about the killing of Marius, a healthy, young giraffe, at a zoo in Denmark this month.

In an open letter, the Guns N’ Roses vocalist states that although we do not fully understand the breeding practices that lead to the execution of Marius, it is clear that people across the world are outraged and this public cry for justice has not been properly addressed by the professionals at the zoo where Marius was senselessly murdered.

He so eloquently states, “For most normal everyday people that love, care about and enjoy animals this event has been a tragedy. An unexpected, unimaginable and what for many is most devastating a seemingly avoidable horror show that somehow seems lost on the professionals involved and those speaking for the zoo a facility that’s in my opinion thought to exist for the animals, the public, educational purposes and science in as best a sense of harmony as possible. Just as it’s a privilege for the public to visit, view and experience these animals it’s also a privilege to work with and care for the animals and have the opportunity do so while interacting and/or working with the public. Unfortunately somehow in this instance all or much of that seems to have been forgotten.”

Rose calls the event “misguided” and “a crime against the very nature” of those who are supposed to be caretakers and protectors of these beautiful creatures. We can all agree with those statements, but perhaps go even further and begin to question the roles zoos play in our modern day societies and whether or not it is appropriate to hold such wild animals in such confined spaces for public pleasure.

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About Maria Mooney

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at for a free health consultation today!

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  • Joanne Rose

    I have always greatly admired Axl Rose and am a long time fan of Guns N’ Roses. The death of Marius was incredibly heartless and extremely barbaric. Thank you to Axl for his open letter addressing this.

  • Paola Paniagua

    That’s awesome :’)

  • Clouse wilhelm

    Couldn’t agree with him more! Gotta love axl!