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Danish animal welfare group backs zoo's giraffe killing

Published on Feb 12, 2014 6:29 AM
This handout photo released on Feb 11, 2014 shows a veterinarian making an open to public autopsy on a giraffe Marius on Feb 9 at a zoo in Copenhagen. -- PHOTO: AFP

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Denmark's largest animal welfare charity said on Tuesday it supported a Copenhagen zoo's decision to kill a healthy giraffe and feed it to lions in front of children.

"We trust that the very well educated experts at Copenhagen Zoo have explored the possibilities of placing the giraffe in another zoo," said Ms Tina Engberg, the spokesman for Dyrens Beskyttelse, a group that runs animal shelters and wildlife care centres across the country.

"A lot of zoos have extensive breeding programmes and contribute greatly to knowledge dissemination," she added.

According to its website, the organisation provides "practical help for animals in distress".

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