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MENAFN - Arab News - 15/02/2014
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(MENAFN -Arab News) Suddenly, giraffes have become a hot button issue. The sudden spike in interest is rooted in outrage really — sparked by a zoo in Denmark euthanizing a young healthy giraffe for breeding purposes. The Copenhagen Zoo also performed a public autopsy and fed the giraffe to the zoo’s lions.

This week when another zoo in Denmark said it, too, was preparing to put down a giraffe of its own, America’s favorite TV zookeeper, Jack Hanna, had had enough

Hanna, the honorary director of the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, started making calls and cobbled together 100,000 to buy the giraffe from the Danish zoo.

“No matter what kind of living creatures you have in a zoo, there’s a responsibility for zookeepers to take care of them throughout their lifetime,” Hanna said. “If we don’t do that, we shouldn’t have zoos.

Hanna also said he plans to ratchet up zoo diplomatic pressure on the Copenhagen Zoo for putting down the two-year-old giraffe that was born at the zoo. Plans for a Siberian Tiger from Copenhagen have been put on hold, Hanna said. “I want no involvement with anyone from that zoo if this kind of killing is practiced,” Hanna sai

The Jyllands Park Zoo, near the town of Herning, Denmark, said Thursday that it may have to kill one of its giraffes, coincidentally also named Marius, because his genes make him unsuitable for breeding

"We can't keep him if we get a female, because then we would have two males that would fight with each other," zoo keeper Janni Loejtved Poulsen said

Seven-year-old Mrius is healthy but is less of a priority for breeders since his genes are already represented in the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), which the zoo joined just over a year ago

The zoo received a purebred male in April that is considered a higher priority by the EEP

"We have received one male giraffe that is highly ranked genetically, and it's up to the breeding coordinator when they have another purebred giraffe for us," Loejtved Poulsen said

If the European organisation is unable to find Marius a new home, the Jyllands Park Zoo will have to put him down, she said

The news drew fresh criticism from animal rights activists and among those joining the fray was Chechnya's strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who said the giraffe was welcome in the North Caucasus republic

"I am ready to accept Marius out of humanitarian concerns," he wrote on his Instagram account, adding that they could "guarantee to him good conditions and healthcare" and that he wanted to avoid another "bloody show.

Copenhagen Zoo said it had no choice other than to prevent the animal attaining adulthood, since under European Association of Zoos and Aquaria rules, inbreeding between giraffes is to be avoided

Many Danes have been surprised and even angered by the international outrage over the giraffe, and a video of the zoo's scientific director Bengt Holst putting a British news presenter "in his place" went viral in Denmark this week

"It's not cruel, it's natural and carnivores live from meat," Holst said.


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