Again, animal rights activists are taking the situation way too far. The Copenhagen Zoo and its staff have been receiving threats to their life and livelihood, including threatens to burn the zoo down! How exactly will burning down the entire institution help anything? Isn't that making the problem worse? Isn't that threatening MANY of the individual animals they claim to want to 'protect'? Logic apparently is not part of their mantra to save the animals. The first article I read was from what I can only assume is an extremist website for activists. They ended the article proclaiming “this practice of ‘keeping the population genetically sound’ sure doesn't seem like a kindness to us – either for Marius or for the other giraffes.” And they are right. It is not a kindness to you personally or a kindness to the poor giraffe that had to be shot, but it IS a kindness to ALL of the giraffe – and zoo visitor – relatives and future generations. That giraffe would have had a poor quality of life if they had kept him and given him contraceptives, which have detrimental side effects. The zoo also now has a spot available to bring in another giraffe with new genes to be introduced into the population, which is better for the giraffe population as a whole.
I don’t know all of the politics and bureaucracy behind the situation but from the information I do know, I commend the Copenhagen Zoo for the way they decided to handle it. We don’t know the information behind the initial birth of this giraffe – if they were aware of a potential inbreeding problem or not. Maybe the giraffe shouldn't have even been born in the first place, maybe it was an accidental breeding or maybe they didn't even think about the inbreeding aspect of it until it was too late. Since it’s a captive animal, I think the best option would have been to sell the giraffe to get the money and keep the animal alive but due to regulations they couldn't sell it to another organization. So while I think it’s too bad they couldn't save Marius, I understand why they did what they did.