STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Officials at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark say they received death threats after the zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its
remains to lions.
Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro said Monday that he and the zoo’s scientific director, Bengt Holst, received several threats over the telephone and
in emails. They quoted one email as saying: “The children of the staff of Copenhagen Zoo should all be killed or should get cancer.”
The giraffe, Marius, was killed Sunday using a bolt pistol, then skinned and fed to lions in front of visitors, including children.
The killing triggered a wave of online protests and debate about zoo conditions.
Now, I have posted the news article of the initial incident of the killing. You can find my thread
HERE titled “Danish zoo kills 18 month old giraffe in front of public: feeds body to
Now in my opinion, I am not surprised this happened. Now that this event is capturing world attention the zoo is under intense pressure. I don’t
think that the saying “animals have to eat” should be used. Yes, let them eat, but don’t let them eat exotic caged animals when they can be
transferred to other zoos.
To have a giraffe is a rarity. To have a cow is not. If the zoo had sold the giraffe or traded it to another zoo, I think the larger public view of
the zoo would be much more of respect than brutality.
This circle of life that people talk about is bulls***. You watched way too much Lion King as a kid, it is time to grow up. It is thoughts like these
that wake up those who fight for animal rights and those activists are a very protective bunch of people. I side with those that protect exotic
animals, but I don’t think I would stray to the death threat side of the offending brutal killing of a young giraffe.