[Taxacom] Killing of zoo giraffe to avoid inbreeding

Michael A. Ivie mivie at montana.edu
Mon Feb 10 12:41:42 CST 2014

Everybody should chill.  Every farm kid sees animals killed and butchered,
and then we ate them.  No trauma. This has happened since we came down
from trees and started hunting.  Big deal,  watch the video, the kids were
engaged and interested.  Nothing bad happened, just city people  being


> Dear All,       As you may have heard, a young giraffe at the Copenhagen
> Zoo was killed yesterday in order to avoid inbreeding.  That despite
> offers from other zoos to rehome him.  Although I can understand the zoo's
> rationalization, I don't understand what harm would have come from
> shipping him off to another zoo if he would be a zoo display animal (not a
> breeder).
>      Anyway, I guess this is common practice in zoos to avoid inbreeding
> in other mammals.  However, displaying the dead animal to a crowd
> (including children), much less reportedly cutting it up in front of
> said crowd, was probably very unwise.  Especially a young giraffe.
> But on the other hand, death threats against zoo officials certainly
> are not called for.  In any case, I suppose a civil debate is in
> order about just how strict a zoo's inbreeding protocol should be in
> such cases (as well as the displaying of such a dead animal in
> public).
> http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/10/world/europe/denmark-zoo-giraffe/
>                                              --------------------Ken
> Kinman
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Michael A. Ivie, Ph.D., F.R.E.S.
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