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(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL CRUELTY) In yet another reason not to take your kids to the zoo, a young, healthy giraffe was killed at a Danish zoo in order to make room for a giraffe with more valuable genes.

Copenhagen Zoo officials said they euthanized a male named Marius to avoid inbreeding. Despite thousands of signatures from animal lovers hoping to stop the cold-blooded killing, young Marius was shot to death Sunday by a bolt gun at just 18 months old.

Read on at the link below for more on this horrendous zoo policy and how his death turned into a gruesome spectator sport. — Global Animal

A Danish zoo euthanizes a healthy giraffe, named Marius, saying it had a duty to avoid inbreeding./Photo credit: bbc.co.uk
A Danish zoo euthanizes a healthy giraffe, named Marius, saying it had a duty to avoid inbreeding. Photo credit: bbc.co.uk

Read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/world/europe/anger-erupts-over-danish-zoos-decision-to-put-down-a-giraffe.html

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