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Danes defend Copenhagen zoo's killing and feeding of young giraffe to lions

Published on Feb 10, 2014 8:31 PM
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A perfectly healthy young giraffe named Marius was shot dead at Copenhagen zoo, on Feb 9, 2014, despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers. Many Danes on Monday, Feb 10, 2014, defended the killing of a healthy but inbred giraffe at Copenhagen's zoo that triggered outrage after it chopped up and fed to lions in front of visitors. -- PHOTO: AFP

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Many Danes on Monday defended the killing of a healthy but inbred giraffe at Copenhagen's zoo that triggered outrage after it chopped up and fed to lions in front of visitors.

Copenhagen Zoo staff received death threats after the killing on Sunday of the 18-month-old animal, named Marius, which shocked animal lovers around the world.

Thousands signed an online petition to save him, with a billionaire even offering to buy him and keep him in her Beverly Hills garden.

But in Denmark, a nation with many farms, an overwhelming majority of social media users felt the global outcry was a sign of hypocrisy and political correctness.

 
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