The Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark ignored a petition signed by 20,000 people and murdered one of their own animals.
A 2-year-old giraffe named Marius, a healthy male, was shot by a bolt gun and killed at the zoo because his genetics weren't diverse enough!
A giraffe can't be given contraceptives or be neutered because it can mess up their internal organs, so Marius could've bred with anyone… but the zoo didn't want that. At least they're against inbreeding!
So instead of transferring the animal to another zoo, or taking up a private party on their $680,000 offer, they shot Marius and then, in front of children, skinned him and fed him to lions.
A zoo spokesman said:
"I'm actually proud because I think we have given children a huge understanding of the anatomy of a giraffe that they wouldn't have had from watching a giraffe in a photo."
So, even though thousands of people didn't want Marius to die, it happened anyway.
In front of children.
Such a senseless murder.
[Image via AP Images.]