Sadly in the news yesterday the infuriating story about 18 month old giraffe, Marius being put down at a Denmark zoo broke out.  The zoo in the spotlight is Copenhagen Zoo who claimed that they were forced to kill the giraffe for “in-breeding” reasons.

BBC news had some interesting things to say about Bengt Holst, the zoo’s scientific director who supported the giraffe’s bolt to the head.

Mr Holst defended Marius’s destruction, saying that giraffes had to be selected to ensure the best genes were passed down to ensure the long-term survival of the species.

He told the BBC it was a responsible practice for zoos to manage their animal populations to ensure they remained healthy, with some 20-30 animals put down at Copenhagen Zoo in a typical year.

“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,” Mr Holst told the BBC.

So not only was this innocent wild animal forced into servitude and confinement killed, but 20-30 others are also killed every year for these [email protected]#! reasons.

The most horrid development of the story thus far though is the fact that even after a petition signed by thousands of people went ignored Copenhagen Zoo denied all other zoos who came forward wanting a chance to take in Marius and save his life.

Photo by Mattia Luigi Nappi via Wikimedia Commons.