First off, Daily Mail, please for the love of all that's good and wholesome learn how to write a freakin' headline. Four - count 'em, four - separate parts of that very long run-on sentence. That's a bad opening paragraph, let alone headline.
This is the horrific moment schoolchildren crowded around to watch as the body of a perfectly healthy giraffe was chopped up before being fed to lions.
Despite more than 20,000 people signing an online petition to save two-year-old Marius, staff at Copenhagen Zoo yesterday went ahead and shot the animal with a bolt pistol.
Apparently, the genetics of captive giraffes are closely monitored, and the giraffe in question was too genetically similar to the other giraffes to allow to breed. We'll assume for the sake of argument that space and resources are so limited that the zoo cannot afford to keep non-breeding animals. With that said, why didn't the zoo send the giraffe to one of the many zoos that had offered to take it?
But bosses said the rules of EAZA membership meant animals could not be transferred to institutions that did not follow its rules on breeding programmes.
Well, now, glad that's settled. I mean, we can't have giraffes going to zoos that won't follow rules on breeding programs. Better kill the animal and cut it up in front of school children to keep it safe. Now, granted, there may be more to it than the story lets on (the media? Sensationalize a story when there's nothing there! NEVER!), but it's still a little bit odd that the zoo would rather turn down offers to purchase the giraffe in favor of turning it into Purina Lion Chow...
In any case, I'm glad these guys weren't in charge of Black Beauty...
That is all.