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URGENT: Save Marius and the senseless killing of “surplus” animals

February 8, 2014
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




Update, Marius has been killed: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/09/danish-zoo-outrage-giraffe-marius


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A giraffe called Marius is in serious danger of being executed at the Copenhagen Zoo on Sunday, February 9.

His last meal is less than twenty-four hours away. Marius is healthy and 18 months old.

According to the zoo’s scientific director, Bengt Holst, Marius’ impending death will protect the rest of their giraffe population from inbreeding. Thanks to European laws, he says, Marius  must be euthanized before he comes of age and attempts to mate.

Attempts to find the young giraffe a new home have been unsuccessful.

Marius faces death by bolt gun. The zoo plans to use his meat to feed carnivorous zoo animals, and a lethal injection would contaminate the potential feed.

But before the majestic animal’s body is fed to the (literal) tigers, it will be dissected and studied.

This practice of “keeping the population genetically sound” sure doesn’t seem like a kindness to us – either for Marius or for the other giraffes.



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what is surplus
and what does it mean.
no life is an extra…
to kill for “surplus”
is obscene!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


my name is marius
and i wanted to be
a part of life’s
great tapestry
instead, i lived
in captivity,
until humans decided
to get rid of me.
so no others
face my tragic plight,
let us stand together
and makes things
right!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


20 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    February 8, 2014 4:25 pm

    what is surplus
    and what does it mean.
    no life is an extra…
    to kill for “surplus”
    is obscene!

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  2. February 8, 2014 8:38 pm

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

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    • February 9, 2014 1:03 pm

      Thank you, Nancy, I am sorry to say that Marius has been killed. :*(

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  3. UFOHUNTERORGUK permalink
    February 8, 2014 9:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Ufohunterorguk.com.

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  4. Ann permalink
    February 9, 2014 2:39 am

    This is disgusting. The zoo managers allowed Marius ‘ parents to breed in the first place. Why allow that to happen just to kill this beautiful animal which I understand has now already been done. Or do they allow it so they can use the meat to feed other animals. SHAME ON YOU COPENHAGEN ZOO.

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  5. LINDA BADHAM permalink
    February 9, 2014 7:59 am

    THIS BABY CAME INTO THIS WORLD AND HAS BARELY TOUCHED THE EARTH AND IS NOW DEAD ! THIS SO CALLED “MAN” WHO MADE THIS DECISION IS 1 HEARTLESS BASTARD. THERE WAS NO REASON AND NO NEED TO KILL THIS BEAUTIFUL CREATURE WHAT-SO-EVER, SANCTUARIES OFFERED TO TAKE MARIUS BUT HE MADE SOME EXCUSE ABOUT RED TAPE BOLLOX AND KILLED HIM. WELL REAP WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN FOR YOU SURELY WILL DO ! HOW YOU CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT I DON’T KNOW. HOW YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF A ZOO I DON’T KNOW. WELL YOU MADE HEADLINES AND YOUR FAMOUS NOW FOR “SLAUGHTER”. A DISGRACE AND VERY VERY CRUEL AND MY HEART ACHES FOR WHAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED. THE WORLD IS SICK !!

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    • February 9, 2014 1:02 pm

      I completely agree, thank you so much, Linda. The world IS sick; this just makes me cry. :*(

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  6. Zephr permalink
    February 9, 2014 2:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Tundra Voices.

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  7. February 10, 2014 9:12 am

    This is so sad.
    It was not ethical to kill him, especially when there were other alternatives. Anyway, I no longer buy into this healthy gene pool idea. It used to make sense to me until I read about Mitochondrial Eve (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrial_Eve). If humans can manage to overrun the Earth starting from a gene pool containing a single female then why can’t the rest of the animal kingdom manage? Anybody?

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    • February 10, 2014 12:39 pm

      That’s very interesting, I have never heard of that until now. Is it a popular theory? It makes sense as does your point. Thanks, Sarah.

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      • February 10, 2014 2:47 pm

        I don’t really know how popular it is. It’s backed up by the latest science but these kind of things are always being overturned and disputed. I think that there is plenty of support for the idea that all non-Africans are descended from a very small band of humans who left Africa in prehistoric times.

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  8. February 10, 2014 5:24 pm

    Such a sad thing – it makes no sense. Oh, and lovely drawing Karen! Celeste 🙂

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    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      February 11, 2014 12:53 pm

      thank you celeste 🙂

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  9. February 15, 2014 10:30 pm

    😦 too late… 😦

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  10. September 30, 2014 10:46 am

    Howdy just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the
    pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I
    think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same outcome.

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