More Giraffe Killing & More Animal Dissection in Front of Young Children in Denmark: Second Danish zoo poised to kill a healthy giraffe (also named Marius pictured in the first picture as the bigger giraffe) because it is ‘unsuitable for breeding’ while while Denmark’s Natural History Museum dissected a wolf in front of young children as part of the program for winter activities for children
A second Danish zoo has threatened to put down one of its healthy giraffes just days after Copenhagen Zoo slaughtered one to the disgust of animal lovers.
Jyllands Park Zoo said it was considering the measure against a giraffe which by coincidence was named Marius like the one killed on Sunday, according to Danish news agency Ritzau.
Staff at Copenhagen Zoo have received death treats after the zoo killed the 18-month-old healthy male giraffe because the animal’s genes were already well represented in an international breeding programme that aims to maintain a healthy giraffe population in European zoos.
Zookeepers at Jyllands Park Zoo said the act is necessary because Marius may fight with a younger male already at the zoo when the female arrives.
And they insisted the death threats aimed at staff in Copenhagen would not deter them.
Keeper Janni Lojtved Poulsen said: ‘We can’t have two males and one female. Then there will be fights.’
She said that it might be possible to find another place for the giraffe to live, but that the probability is small. Like its namesake in Copenhagen, Jyllands Park Zoo’s Marius is considered unsuitable for breeding.
'If the breeding programme coordinator decides that he should be put down, then that's what we'll do,' she said.
'Many places abroad where they do not do this, the animals live under poor conditions, and they are not allowed to breed either. We don't think that's okay.'
She said that zoos in Denmark have been killing surplus animals for many years.
The zoo has not yet decided whether it will carry out a public dissection.
Jyllands Park Zoo in western Denmark might put down its seven-year-old Marius if the zoo manages to acquire a female giraffe, which is most likely, zoo keeper Janni Lojtved Poulsen told Ritzau.
The zoo also has a younger male called Elmer.
The giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo was dissected in front of crowds at the zoo, and afterwards, some of the carcass was then fed to other zoo animals and some was sent to research projects in Denmark and abroad for study.
Poulsen said Jyllands Park Zoo has not yet considered whether it should carry out a public dissection as the one in Copenhagen.
Animal rights campaigners dismissed the trend as barbaric.
A spokesman for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) group said: ‘As if to ram home the idea that zoos serve no purpose other than to incarcerate intelligent animals so as to turn a profit, a second Danish zoo now proposes to slaughter a giraffe, over the world’s objections.
'Zoos spend millions on keeping animals on display like living museum exhibits and dispose of them when they become inconvenient. For anyone who cares about giraffes and other individuals serving life sentences in zoos, the giraffe “culling” should confirm that zoos are hideous institutions that do not deserve public support.'
Meanwhile, Danish schoolchildren have been pictured watching a wolf being dissected just days after the country sparked controversy by killing a giraffe and feeding it to lions at Copenhagen Zoo.
The youngsters were invited to view the bloody spectacle at the Natural History Museum in Aarhus as part of their winter holiday activities.
Some were pictured holding their noses in disgust as they struggled to cope with the pungent smell.
The dissection was carried out by the museum’s Chief of Communication Pernille Moelgaard who at one stage held up the animal’s lungs to demonstrate how they functioned.
The animal is believed to have come from a nearby wildlife park and it is unclear under what circumstances it died.
While some of the children seemed fascinated by the procedure, others could not stand to watch and turned away or covered their eyes.
adoptpets: What the fuck Denmark? What is it with Denmark wanting to kill animals and dissect them in front of little kids. How traumatizing for the youngsters to see an animal being dissected at such a tender age.
And this just goes to show that animals are not safe in zoos. At least in the wild they stand a chance. Zoos need to be abolished around the world and only sanctuaries should exist.
And the part where the zookeeper Poulsen from Jyllands Park Zoo says that she doubt they will be able to find a home for the giraffe is total bullshit because Copenhagen had many offers to rehome their giraffe and she could easily rehome him to one of the places that offered to take the other giraffe Marius. A British zoo said it would be willing to rehome the animal and a private buyer who offered 500,000 euros (£410,000) for him. Doncaster-based Yorkshire Wildlife Park, whose Danish head of ‘hoofstock’ offered to rehome Marius, said it was ‘saddened’ by the news.‘We have a state-of-the-art giraffe house built in 2012 with a bachelor herd of four male giraffes and the capacity to take an extra male, subject to the agreement of the European studbook keeper,’ it said However, the park said it received no response by the time it learnt that Marius had been destroyed.