Copenhagen Zoo slaughtered a two year old giraffe today, by the name of Marius. It has already made it all over the world, everybody shaming Denmark for our cruelty.
I have got one word for – most – of you. Hypocrites.
Let me ask you, what is the difference between Marius and the claves you eat? That he was humanely euthanized? That he had a fairly good life while he lived? Most certainly better than most cows, pigs and chickens, that is for sure. He even got to be MUCH older than anything you put on your dinner table every day, and let’s be reasonable, he wasn’t hung upside down, plucked of his feathers, electrocuted and sprayed with boiling water, like the chickens you eat…
So no, anyone eating meat, have really no right to freak out over a giraffe being shot and fed to the lions. Unlike humans, lions can’t live on vegetables, so why not let them have him? Why is it so much more horrible that he was killed, than the bacon on your plates?
I repeat, hypocrites.
That said, I don’t eat meat and yes, I do find it horrible that Marius was killed, simply because no one wanted him. I find it unacceptable that a Zoo, any Zoo would breed animals they can’t keep. I don’t care that he was coming of age and the older giraffe stallion would beat him up. I don’t care that no Zoo could take him for breeding because apparently all giraffes are related around here… When you own an animal, you fix it, and killing it once it becomes a bother can never be the solution.
I know that with horses you geld them, so they won’t fight, and if you must have a stallion, you keep him away from the geldings if he is aggressive towards them… if the Zoo doesn’t have the option to replace their colts once they grow up, they shouldn’t be breeding at all.
Yes, shining my halo here, I know. I am not a vegetarian because it’s cool or because of any religious conviction. I don’t think of myself as a vegetarian or a vegan or whatever label you need to put on me, but the thought of having another animal die on my behalf is simply appalling to me. I stopped eating meat when I was a child, much to my mothers and the schools dismay. It was never in my nature to accept that some lives were worth less than others. So yes, I get why it is horrible to the world that Marius is dead. It is just killing me how hypocritical the human race is. Imagine if the media caused so much drama over a killed pig… That would never happen.
What am I missing? Is it just because Marius was cute and fussy and had huge brown eyes? Does that make it that much less acceptable to kill him, than your average chicken?