Sometimes animals die… and it is a sad but natural thing. Lots of different “humane” reasons are often claimed when an animal needs to be euthanized and not everybody is expected to fully understand or approve the measure: granted!
But when a zoo located in one of the wealthiest countries in the world determines they need to kill a perfectly healthy young male giraffe, you can’t possibly be o.k. with it, can you?
The BBC reports Marius, a giraffe in the Copenhagen zoo was put down for genetic reasons:
The zoo says this was done because the genes of the giraffe, named Marius, were too similar to those of other giraffes in a breeding programme run by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
Breeding closely related animals increases the chances that rare, harmful genes are expressed in offspring.
Two copies of a gene are inherited – one version from each parent. One of these copies might be harmful (deleterious), but if the other parent carries a non-harmful version of the gene, pairing them up might not result in any adverse consequences for offspring.
When parents are closely related, it increases the chances that two harmful copies of a gene will pair up.
A spokesman for EAZA stressed that, as an individual, Marius was not particularly inbred, nor was the giraffe suffering from any identifiable health problem. But the spokesman explained that Marius’ parents had produced other offspring, so there were already giraffes with similar genes in the organisation’s breeding programme. BBC.
After the giraffe was killed it was butchered dissected in front of zoo guests and then thrown to the lions… you know, because that’s just the right thing to do.
February 10th, 2013.