Other zoos, including the Yorkshire wildlife park in Britain had offered to take Marius. Yet the Copenhagen zoo gave a deaf ear and murdered the poor little giraffe. The zoo officials also refused to release the animal into the wild saying there was no "programme" for it. Outrageous! Much to the surprise of civilized humans, the giraffe wasn't even euthanized. It was put down by being shot in the head. Totally disgusting!! It got still worse. The sheer savagery of the process was jaw dropping. For autopsy the body of the animal was dissected with live footage streamed by one of the Danish channels. Zoo workers wearing colored gloves cut up the animal before a large and fascinated crowd consisting of many children with an announcer that guided the onlookers. Later on, the carcass was thrown into the lion's cage and fed to the hungry big cats. That probably helped the Copenhagen zoo to save some money on dinner for the lions that evening. After all everything revolves around money .... still more since the endless, crippling recession in Europe even if it means saving a single Euro.
And now, on February 12th 2014, another Danish zoo, Jyllands Park Zoo, said it might put down another baby giraffe in accordance with European laws on inbreeding. This giraffe, by coincidence, is also named Marius. Killers of the Jyllands Park Zoo announced that they will go ahead with their decision if the zoo manages to acquire another female giraffe, which it most likely will.
Such appalling laws and hair-raising practices have nothing to do with the welfare of zoo animals as shamelessly claimed through rhetorical manipulations and labels of "inbreeding" and "genes." They simply come from a lust to kill. Europe's natural instincts of medieval cruelty toward animals aren't a secret. That basically hasn't changed until now. The world has seen enough shocking images of Faroe Islands where mass killing of whales and dolphins have turned the sea frightfully red much to the pleasure of the killers.
It's always been a typically European and British tradition for thousands of years to hunt with the utmost of brutality for pleasure as a sport, not as a necessity to find food. Habits die hard. The 21st century has changed nothing!