[Taxacom] Killing of zoo giraffe to avoid inbreeding

Kim van der Linde kim at kimvdlinde.com
Mon Feb 10 13:34:39 CST 2014

And let me add. Many zoos and sanctuaries for that matter have become 
warehouses of geriatric and surplus animals solely because the public 
cannot handle that we sometimes need to kill an exotic animal that is 
healthy. As a result, valuable breeding programs for endangered species 
are on hold because of it to the point that the only way to restart 
those programs once there is space again is to get fresh wild caught 
animals because there are no healthy reproducing animals left, or the 
few remaining are too related. In some species, prolonged suppression of 
the natural cycles to prevent breeding causes problems down the road 
such as infertility. Does this all sound absurd? Yes, it does, because 
at this moment, we have let out emotions (which is individual centered) 
overrule what is best for the species. If we are serious about zoos as a 
tool in conservation, we need to make the decision based on what is best 
for the species, and not emotions surrounding a single individual.


On 2/10/2014 1:21 PM, Ken Kinman wrote:
> 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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