RIP Marius – Young Giraffe Killed by Zoo

Posted by 3 years ago | Permalink | Comments (537)

Yesterday, Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, was killed by the Copenhagen Zoo and fed to lions, as he was considered useless for breeding.

This is no surprise. Zoos, including those in Britain, will often breed animals in captivity and create babies in an effort to keep drawing in paying visitors – yet often, there’s nowhere to put the offspring as they grow, and they are destroyed.

Wildlife documentaries have opened people’s eyes to the fact that a zoo is just an animal prison. The death of Marius should be a wake-up call for anyone who still harbours the illusion that zoos serve any purpose beyond incarcerating intelligent animals for profit.

Giraffes rarely die of old age in captivity, and had Marius not been killed today, he would have lived out his short life as a living exhibit, stranded in a cold climate, thousands of miles away from his true home.

Marius Giraffe

Breeding programmes serve no true conservation purpose because giraffes and other animals born in zoos are rarely, if ever, returned to their natural habitats. They are treated as baby-makers and visitor attractions in a zoo’s “swap-and-shop” programme, which gives the public a false sense that something meaningful has happened.

The education argument doesn’t cut it, either. Seeing bored, depressed and often mad animals pacing, swaying or circling constantly teaches children nothing about real animal behaviour – we certainly wouldn’t take our children to prison in order to teach them about human behaviour. They can learn far more valuable and inspiring lessons by watching nature documentaries that show wild animals where they belong, going on virtual field trips or watching IMAX movies.

PETA urges everyone who genuinely cares about giraffes and all the other individuals serving life sentences in zoos to avoid patronising such “attractions” and instead donate to campaigns that actually protect animals in their native habitats.

Images: “Marius the giraffe” by Didde Elnif / CC BY-NC 2.0


  • Olivia Walton commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Just makes me sick that Zoos treat animals like this no way am I going to a Zoo they shouldn’t of killed the Giraffe just wrong

    • CHARITH commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm


    • BV commented on February 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Why didn’t a rich celebrity adopt Marius? Pam Anderson are you listening?

    • George Walters commented on March 26, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      I can’t believe people are allowed to do that to these poor animals. zoo’s are supposed to help animals.

      • Alice commented on May 4, 2015 at 6:32 pm


      • Samuel Desta commented on February 23, 2016 at 3:28 pm

        Exactly the reason why zoos should not exist

    • Connor commented on January 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      That is terrible that zoos a re doing that

    • john smithers commented on May 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      do giraffes taste good?!?

  • keith jamieson commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    it’s cruel what they did to that Giraffe,if they did not want the animal to breed then why did they not have the animal neutered instead or have him moved to another zoo.I thought zoo’s were meant to preserve animals?

    • Rachel Bindless commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

      No, they don’t really preserve, they make money off the suffering and sadness of living souls. They should allbe shut down.

      • Alice commented on May 4, 2015 at 6:33 pm

        Thank you I totally agree with that statement

    • Evelegh commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:05 am

      This is why “will often breed animals in captivity and create babies in an effort to keep drawing in paying visitors – yet often, there’s nowhere to put the offspring as they grow, and they are destroyed”
      Very sad!

    • virginie commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      because they think neutralization would have been cruel. True, this is in their statement about the case of Marius. Probably the most cynical thing I have ever read.

  • Kirsty Hutchison commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Animals should be in their natural habitat
    Allowed to live as nature intended and not
    Be murdered and cut up for entertainment.
    This is utterly disgusting and makes me ashamed
    Of the human race

    • unastoran commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Disgusting, these are animals , shoot the people that shot them ……then again throw them live to the lions ……etc…. Sick .

    • Alice commented on May 4, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Did you just realize humans are horrible and are going to destroy themselves with those stupid wars?

  • margherita bavarese commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:28 am


  • IAN BLACK commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Sickening and morally wrong. The zoo needs to be closed and the Danish Government should be thoroughly ashamed

    • RICHARD commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      C’est infecte. J’ai honte également de l’espèce humaine.
      Les zoos devraient contrôler le nombre de naissance d’animaux
      et anticiper les endroits où les mettre (les mettre dans leur milieu
      naturel, par exemple) mais ne pas faire ça. C’est indigne, lâche,
      tous ces mots ne suffisent pas à exprimer ce que j’en pense

      • Alice commented on May 4, 2015 at 6:37 pm

        Merci c est exactement ce que je pense, ses cretins sont des salaud, ils devrait être puni et être donner à bouffer au lions

    • Tamsin Erickson commented on February 11, 2014 at 6:42 am

      That director of science and the zoo are a disgrace to Denmark.
      Hideous, shameful, cold, heartless people.

  • Nigel Koof commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Absolutely disgusted with this unethical and preposterous behaviour. A call for action must be made!

    • Donna Koleski commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:29 am

      The Danes also have a ritual that involves enticing endangered dolphins into a cove, and then they chop them up to prove their “manhood”. I would never visit Denmark knowing this, and am not surprised about the death of the poor giraffe. They are barbarians….

    • Hayden commented on February 11, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Yes, that is the sad part about this entire thing!

  • Manohar commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Its unbelievable that a giraffe grown up by zoo authorities has been fed to the animals, instead any human has to be fed to the hungry animals,

  • deepthi Ajay commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:43 am

    What a shame. A generation lost. Kids who grow watching these kind of activities will become more aggressive and might even turn to criminals. Boycott all the zoo and stop such inhumane activities. Let them free. We don’t want to see them in the cage or rather prison. I am very disappointed. You people [zoo] are just disgusting and nothing else.

    • Morgan commented on February 11, 2014 at 5:48 am

      Wow. A generation lost. Because of zoo’s are u really that ridiculous. Children don’t read or see anyone killing anything except for in the television. And u don’t want to boycott that. The glorification of being a gang member and other things humans do to each other is where criminalist behavior stems from. Zoo’s are a wonderful family activity where children see animals they would never see otherwise. Most of these animals are bred in captivity and love their human attendants. They know nothing else so they are content with the life they have. People who work with these animals are animal lovers like yourself. And unfortunate events need to take place to better The other animals in the zoo with them. Over crowding at zoo’s is common and you can’t release an animal bred in captivity to the wild, Where they would be isolated and killed by their own kind and other animals.
      Do you people honestly not realize how cruel animals are to other animals that don’t “make the cut” they kill them! The sad fact that obviously evades your memory is that animals live by survival of the fittest. The weak and ones seen unfit to breed are isolated and abandoned. Zoo’s provide a sanctuary for animals and keep endangered species alive. They are not prisons nor do they intenially harm the animals. The fact that peta shows zoo’s negatively because of killing animals is ridiculous peta should boycott all animals then cuz they kill each other for less than that.

      • Alice commented on May 4, 2015 at 6:40 pm

        Have you seen the rest of this website lady, your the ridiculous one here for believing its fair for a zoo to kill a 18 month old giraffe (or any other animals) those are just cold blooded idiots who would put their money before the entire world

  • Jane Simmons commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

    This is absolutely disgusting…. what the hell is this world coming to when zoos can breed animals and then destroy them as and when they like. I heard that another zoo (cant remember which one it could have been in Holland) had offered to take the giraffe but the Copenhagen zoo refused saying that this zoo wasn’t part of a breeding programme. What a bloody disgrace. Just goes to prove that these people have no feelings towards these animals at all.. just about the money they make otherwise they would have let Marius live out his life with whoever wanted to give him a home. This world really needs to take a long hard look at itself before it wipes out every living animal on this planet and we are all that’s left.

    • Alice commented on May 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      The only home those animals should be given is the place they belong, the wild, I totally agree with your statement thank you

  • Sarah commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Why don’t we shot them in the head and feed them to lions….it’s is sickening that someone people can do this

  • Pat prendergast commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Totally unneccerary. A home had been found for the giraffe . If this zoo is on the animal conservation pro gramme they should be taken off the scheme.

  • Kimiko Matsumura commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I really doubt the needs of zoos in this
    very globalized world with developed
    technology. We can travel around the
    world, watch the most incredible creatures’
    secret lives on TV and internet at home.
    There are many books about them.
    So, does it mean anything to see the
    animals which are unnaturally exhibited
    in the cells, having no real life.. It only
    gives a wrong education to kids. Also
    our society has changed a lot ethically
    from the time the zoos started. We should
    reconsider whether we really should have
    zoos or not! If the zoos consider only
    the benefits to their own, then
    that’s not acceptable in the present societies
    which concern about animal welfare in the world!
    We should close down all the zoos!

    • Barbara Misquita commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

      I agree with you kimiko. i only said the same thing today myself in a separate string on facebook. the need for zoos and wildlife parks has gone. The documentaries on television are far more educational and children see how they really live, warts and all. What this zoo did and the reasons they carried out this slaughter is NOT acceptable.

    • sonika commented on February 11, 2014 at 5:29 am

      I second your opinion Kimiko, we don require zoos… we should close down zoos globally, should let other creatures let live..

  • Nyasa Farr commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I feel sick knowing this is true, humans are barbarians! Something needs to change be done about this, it needs to be stopped!

  • Kalliopi Mangou commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I find totally, and utterly ,unacceptable the killing of Marius ,the beautiful ,healthy ,and young Ziraffe. Therer is absolutely no justification whatsoever ,for the action of that incompetent and murderous Zoo in Copenhagen.
    And to think, all this happen in front of children,that not only seemed totally unemotional,they also took pictures .
    Reminds me of Hitler/Nazi actions. SHAME ON DENMARK.. SHAME ON THE BASTARDS THAT COMMITED THIS DREADFUL CRIME…You as organization should look into details ,to have whoever committed this murder to justice…

    • Denise Wilson commented on February 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Hope you do not eat meat Kallopi otherwise you are supporting identical slaughter.

  • Carolina commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I don´t believe it. Everything is absolutly wrong, the concept of “when you don´t need something, then kill it” as if the lives of these animals belonged to these horrible human beings. Would they do the same to zoo´s employees when they don´t have a place for them anymore? i hope these people regret what they did, really regret it, because they cannot repair it anymore. I hope these people live with the guilt of being horrible humans beings, forever, and start repecting a bit more, specially things that don´t belong to them. I´m completely against zoos in general, and I hope they shut this zoo down.
    Horrible people, just horrible.

  • Samantha Watson commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

    The saddest and most sick image I have seen
    in a long time. Out of all the senseless cruelty, this
    would have to be the most heart wrenching and sickening.
    A man of this brutal monster’s position can play
    murderer and subject children to such
    brutality and waste of a baby life – what
    hope do we have of ensuring a better world
    for children?

  • Ryan Dawson commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Something needs to be done about this! This poor animal! Led outside by a slice of his favorite food….trusting his caretakers….just to shot in the head, sliced up in front of children and fed to lions. This is an outrage. I’m sick over it.

  • Natalie Mullen commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Absolutely discussing!! This needs to be stopped NOW!

  • sarah commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Zoos are stupid, just don’t go.

  • Get A Grip! commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Uh, Lions eat baby giraffes all the time in the wild. You people are pissed that the zoo actually acted as a middle man? I promise you two things.
    1.) That giraffe died a far more humane death than it would’ve at the actual hands of lions.
    2.) I’m sure it was butchered and rationed as not to allow any waste by rot.

    Bad news folks, carnivorous animals eat other animals. It’s the name of game according to Mother Nature.

    • Madeline commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      How stupid are you? This giraffe was in a protected environment and trusted the people to do just that. How can anyone with any compassion kill a protected animal in front of children ?

    • Rach commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      That’s not the point… The giraffe was in a zoo not in it’s natural environment which it hadn’t been part of anyway. It’s the way it has been done and they dismembered the poor giraffes body in front of the general public including children as if it was natural.. disgusting and haunting.

    • Kelly commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Yeah , we all realize that these things happen in the wild. Did this Giraffe have the chance to run ? Did it have the chance to fight for it’s life ? Did it have any options at all ? OR was it confined and killed by the people who had been feeding it since it was born ? This giraffe probably trusted the people who came for it and because of that , its instincts never kicked in to run or fight for its life ! If your mother came to get you would you think that she was going to shoot you and then chop you up in front of a crowd and then feed you to your enemies ??? Dumb ass !!! Were all well aware of what happens in the wild , but sometimes , sometimes the giraffe’s get away in the wild , but not in captivity !! AGAIN YOUR A DUMBASS !!!!

    • reality check commented on February 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Yes carnivorous animals do eat each other! IN THE WILD! but this animal was not in the wild, The Giraffe was MEANT to be preserved? I thought that was the point of zoo’s. You have to question why Zoo’s are doing this? The Giraffe was not suitable for breeding so the ZOO decided to destroy it and feed it to the lions! not only are they not preserving these animals,they are interfering with natural selection. No wonder this planet is so messed up when it inhabits such a controlling species. I’m all for the circle of life but this was not necessary.Simple its all about making money.

    • Amy meredith commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      but Markus was not a wild animal, he had been domesticated and trusted humans. No different than my dog . The public came to see baby marius when he was born and then they named him. Few wild animals are named. He had offers at wild life reserves. Huntong by himans, even via the middle man, is against the Torah which the old testament is based off of. King james left that part out. Animals can hunt eachother. Himans aren’t supposed to unless for food or clothing for other human .consumption.

    • Donna Graves commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Maybe YOU should get a grip-
      Have you ever taken a bolt shot to the head? If not, how dare you comment on how humane it is.
      2) I am sure it was not ” mother nature” that butchered it- it was people who probably had a similar mindset as you.
      I hope you do take a bolt shot to the head someday ( soon) someone like you who can condone such an act is also evil- I don’t think you belong on PETA’s page, maybe YOU belong in hell, with the monsters who commit such acts.

    • Gaye commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:14 am

      This is a zoo. Not the wild. Some people like you think you know it all. It was unnecessary to kill this Giraffe. Humans made this decision. Not the lions.

    • John commented on February 11, 2014 at 5:35 am

      Hey get a grip you need to have your head checked ! YOU ARE A SICK HEARTLESS JERK !!!!!

  • Heather commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:19 am

    This has made my blood boil. We teach our children to be compassionate to animals and teach them that cruelty is wrong . Who would let a child see this and what was the zoo thinking ?? My children would be horrified . Think it’s about time the person who ‘okay-d’ this should step down as whoever it is very dangerous to animals !! One word DISGUSTING !! Hang your head(s) in shame

  • Annmarie Jefferies commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Disgusting this breaks my heart at other zoos to avoid in breeding they send the animal to another zoo to avoid this there’s no need to kill a innocent animal like they did xxxx

  • Dougie commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Whilst this is obviously disgusting etc, I don’t believe that us all saying so and shaking our heads righteously will make any real impact. If this is true, surely it’s illegal? If it’s not illegal, surely if the evidence was presented to the right people it could be MADE illegal. There’s absolutely no doubt that the support would be there to move it forward so isn’t that a better route? I don’t want to join a list of people shaking their head and saying how terrible it is, I’d rather see something done. I already don’t go to the zoo, haven’t been since I was a child on a school trip.
    So what can I do now? Who do I speak to to get the zoo that destroyed an animal for financial gain shut down? Has the person responsible been named?

    • Sarah Smith commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      I totally agree!! To every statement made in the comments, my thoughts were, “What does this achieve?” “Where is the action?”.
      I’d assume you’d be looking for Denmarks Animal Rescue Authority, to find which Member of Parliament deals with Animal Welfare. Then to work with them forming a Bill which will encompass ALL of the animals in Zoos. You don’t see everyone “up in arms” about them slaughtering a sheep for the same purpose. But they do that too.
      Don’t just sit at your computers and talk about how something displeases you people! Get out and do something about it! You know what makes me sick, all of these voices for Marius, but not one action. THAT is the real shame. So, I’m going to contact my local MP and start learning about MY countries laws of Animals in Confinement. We can bw prosecuted for treating a dog badly here in New Zealand. It should be no different for the captive wildlife.

  • Debs commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

    It heartbreaks me to know that this zoo bred a giraffe that they didnt have room for. This beautiful animal was offered countless new homes but still he was destroyed. Utterley shocked to the core. I cant put in words how upset i am. Shame on you Denmark government for not stepping in and stopping this. The world is mow looking down on you with utter disgust.

  • tiaa jennings commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

    This is disgusting and shocking. No animals life should be cut short for whatever reason unless they were suffering which this poor baby wasn’t. Sick to my stomach of the way people treat animals. Shut the zoo down and free the animals in the wild where they belong!

    • scherbatsky commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm watch this, you might reconsider what you just said 🙂 I m not saying what happened is not horrible, I m just saying that the other options don’t seem any better.

    • blah commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      “In the wild where they belong,” it’s likely they’d just be killed by a lion, another predator or whatever in a matter of short time. This is sad and shouldn’t have happened, but giraffes die every day and that’s just how it is. If Marius was released, it’s likely he’d just die a few days later, and the same applies to every animal that “should be released”

      • Alice commented on May 5, 2015 at 2:37 pm

        Ya animals die, but they don’t get killed for no reason, they die because they are prey, Marius died because of sick idiots

  • Lynn Elson commented on February 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    what makes people abuse and kill animals? it is so sad to hear these stories. it makes me feel sick.

  • tina fieldhouse commented on February 10, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    please shut this zoo down ,set the animals in the wild ,poor baby

  • Denise Wilson commented on February 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I am a supporter and devotee of PETA and this death on the face of it seems unnecessary. However all zoos are not there to make profit . The free range zoo here in SouthAustralia is a non profit organisation and contrary to what has been said here many animals have been in fact returned to the wild from zoos such as this. These animals include several species of wallabies, Mongolian horses, Mesopotamian deer, Orangutans just to mention a few. As sad as this death may be many people commenting here are responding I feel to media hype. Is a lion eating a dead giraffe any worse ethically than a human eating a calf or a lamb or a piglet.

    • Geraldine McCrossan commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      I find myself agreeing with Denise Wilson. Not all zoos should be tarnished with the same brush. Many really engage in trying to prevent some species from becoming extinct. Many do not use cages but have recreated natural habitats. Many have stopped keeping species unsuited to a particular climate. There are thousands of truly caring zoo-keepers who will have shed tears over poor Marius’ fate.
      I am baffled that many people do not see the parallel between lions eating a dead giraffe and humans eating a dead cow/pig/lamb/chicken.
      What particularly sickened me about this sordid affair is that it was watched, as entertainment by a consenting public that included children.
      I’m close to despair.

    • sebnem oguz commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      The outrage is not about the lion eating a giraffe. It is about a human shooting the giraffe in front of spectators as if it was a show.

    • Amy meredith commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      according to the Torah yes. I don’t est meat but the Torah only allows the killing of an animal for human consumption and clothing and they must be killed ethically. Other zoos wanted.him. Those was a waste of gods creation. Sort of like young women using abortion for birth control. Use a a preventive method, so should the girraffes. Markus brother was fievn away and not killed. The so keeper didn’t like the animal activists on his ass and he wanted to make a statement. Now he is corched earth territory like George zommerman.

    • Miss realist commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:40 am

      Geraldine, ur accepting of the paralel between lion eating dead prey n human eating dead cow, yet your sickened by the lion eating the dead animal in front of children for entertainment? It’s ok to watch a David Attenborough doco on a lion chase and kill then feed off its prey, so whats the difference between that and seeing it live or visiting a conservation area in africa and witnessing the same? I had no issue with anything that happened with this girafe. based on reports of inbreeding, there is a possibility that this animal had a genetic fault. That means that the genetic fault cant be passed regardless of who offered to take it. They did what I would think was the best for this animal. Cant condem a zoo till all the facts are known.

  • vanessa commented on February 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Absolutely degrading,,the poor animal had to suffer so much,,boils my blood to think how any human can let this happen at all.. its pure murder and unnesesary …. let all wild animals roam free,,its thier habbitat…makes me think twice about visiting any Zoo from now on..utterly sickening.throw these cruel humans live to the lions and good riddance…..

    • Marion commented on February 11, 2014 at 6:49 am

      DO NOT go to zoos. I can’t go. I haven’t been to one since I was a teenager. I saw a beautiful black panther pacing back and forth in its cage and I just stared at it for the longest time. I still can’t get it out of my mind. I just looked at how little space it had to live in and it had all these people (like me) staring at it. It was sickening. I’ve never been back. It was an aha moment for me. ZOOS ARE ORGANIZED by the unenlightened. Those of us with higher values feel love and compassion for animals and could never shoot one. I have turned away potential relationships because I knew the guy was a hunter. I can’t date someone who does that. Stop giving zoos money and eventually they’ll disappear from our society.

  • Shona Costello commented on February 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    So so sad…& totally sick!

  • Frances johns commented on February 10, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    This is not accepable in this day and age ,shut the place down for cruelty please

  • Allon verheul commented on February 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Are you fucking kidding me??!!! why is this still happening? all this cruelty? why the hell Zoos still exist? Am I the only one who is shocked by all of this? I am so outraged by this. I cannot believe the people can take a life of an helpless animal into their own hands. this is disgusting.
    And each time I see something like this I begin to believe more and more each day that we humans should think about how it would be if we would be held captive,being treated like a circus animal or if you are useless being fed to lions.

    I don’t know but maybe this is how god wants the world to work,but I am telling you all that karma is a bitch and sooner or later all those people who mistreated an animal or abused their pets or killed an animal for fashion, will be haunted by it. maybe not now but one day karma will strike and make them pay for abusing another life

    • Sebnem Oguz commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Thank heavens there are still people who are absolutely disgusted by this act. You are not alone and hopefully one day this planet will be filled by people like you. Until then let the karma work its magic and make them pay for this unspeakable cruelty.

    • John commented on February 11, 2014 at 5:44 am

      AMEN TO THAT !!!!!

    • Alice commented on May 5, 2015 at 2:40 pm


  • Stewart & Nadia McIsaac commented on February 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Is it possible to have this horrific cruelty submitted to BBC and have it developed into a documentary and subsequently into a television group discussion? Is it possible to have all the work you carry out on behalf of the animal world made more public, i.e. papers? Not everybody avail themselves of technology and these topics must be made public in every possible manner in order to inform and educate people. In this way, people will refuse to bring their children to a zoo, thus causing a great deal of financial damage to these prisons and finally force them to close. It was horrific what has happened to Marious and even more so that it has been allowed. But, as you stated, sadly this practices have been ongoing for a very long time and we thank you for making us aware of all this. ANIMALS HAVE TO BE WHERE THEY BELONG

    • Jackie commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      I agree with you 150%!

  • Abigail commented on February 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Yorkshire Wildlife Park are really disappointed that their offer to take Marius was not taken up.

    We would have loved to see him there.

  • Martine Gryson commented on February 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Vind het niet kunnen dat ze daar zomaar een dier die kerngezond is doden, en dan nog in stukken snijden om aan de leeuwen te voederen, ik ben daar heel onderste boven van, ze laten dan nog kinderen toe kijken op het kadaver , waar gaan we in godsnaam naartoe zeg, van mijn part mag die directeur op staande voet ontslagen worden!

  • Nell commented on February 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    More than one issue had been raised in this story. It would be naive to shut all zoos and return animals to the wild. The animals most likely wouldn’t survive. Due to being in captivity, the animals wouldn’t have skills to cope and would die most likely from starvation or as prey. Not a real solution. Maybe look at zoos like Western Plains Zoo I’m Dubbo Australia. Where they have tried to give the animals a more natural existence.
    Either way the solution is not simple. Sure events like this one is sad but think about what solution would work in reality. Something to think about.

  • Renée M. commented on February 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Shocked!! I can’t believe they’d do this to one of their beautiful babies! this is outrageous!!! How can they just play God like that?? I don’t understand, I thought they were all about animal conservation & well being!? That poor baby giraffe, I’m never going to another zoo again. I used to want to work in one as well…NOT anymore! I could never stand aside while they carried out something like this disgraceful act. How do people think they have the right to be so cruel to animals?
    So sad! :'(

  • raschet omedin commented on February 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm


  • Jackie O'Galligan commented on February 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    They should hang their heads in shame snd shut the place down. They have no right to destroy a beautiful young life. I am disgusted they are allowed to murder an innocent animal. I feel we have been mislead , I really thought todays zoo’s actually cared for the animals its just about money. They have had the last of mine. RIP Maurias xx

  • Sharon Martin commented on February 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Words fail me that a Zoo?!!!!!!! would feel this was the only option for this majestic animal. I have long questioned why we still have zoo’s and always been persuaded of their conservation work…………however the brutality of this young giraffes death and for the public to the watch it served to lions beggars believe. I hope the person who made this decision is at least sacked and or taken to court never to be allowed near ANY animal again. RIP beautiful animal and so sorry you ended up in an outrageous zoo with no compassion for animals!!!!!!!!!! Shocked beyond belief!!!!!!

  • AM commented on February 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Copenhagen Zoo gave no chance for offers of re-homing to be explored as they hastened the poor boy to his death presumably to not disappoint the crowd of ghouls who had turned up on time for this disgusting Sunday morning butchery.

    This beautiful animal had no intrinsic worth to them and was just a commodity. I also used to think zoos had something to do with ‘conservation’ but what a joke the reality is.

    Animals must have rights to co-exist in this world devoid of human abuse.

  • carol housman commented on February 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    A photo in today’s New York Times digital edition shows Marius’s body butchered in front of school children. This is OUTRAGEOUS.

  • jonjoe commented on February 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Man so many ppl seem like this only made them change their mind now on zoos em the first hypothetical zoo would’ve been the Likes of the colliseum and this all is NOT just new too zoos or circus folk

  • Helene Beck commented on February 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Animal lovers in Denmark are horrified. Copenhagen Zoo has a bad reputation for a number of reasons, but this was horrible. To those who say this happens in nature all the time: Yes, but this is not the jungle, this is Copenhagen, Denmark and Marius had the legal right to expect a lot better than this. He was cut open on prime-time televison in front of a large crowds with small children standing in the front. How can parents allow this?
    Keep the pressure on Copenhagen zoo so it won’t happen again. Thank you all!

  • Cindy commented on February 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    When I heard about this–I cannot understand why a young ,healthy giraffe was killed.
    I could expect killing a zoo giraffe in some third-world “zoo”,but Denmark?
    Something is not right, other zoos and concerned people, willingly jumped to save this giraffe,why did he ” have to” die?
    I hope an investigation is underway to audit the zoo,their finances and action plan for animals for their lifelong care.
    What else is this zoo going to kill next week???

  • julie selby commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:18 pm


  • Hannah Ogden commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    this doesn’t even mention the fact two other zoos: one in Britain and one in Sweden were willing to pay for the giraffe to avoid this! disgusting

  • Stacy commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Please sign this petition to fire bengt holst-The person in charge for killing this beautiful innocent animal

    Thank you!

  • Martin commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Im from copenhagen and i can tell you that this “news” is a lie, it did not get killed because it not was able for breeding but because is not should breed, and they tried to give it a new home, like Berlin, Nurnburg and Köln in germany, and paris france but no zoo wanted it…
    But R.I.P

  • Josh commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm


  • Mimi commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Jeovah God will show these Men they where in the wrong. They did a Evil thing God & his Son Juesus dosnt not alow this or will see this happen again! They hate these Men.

  • Itsel commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    This makes me sick, I highly dislike people who do something like this and this gives me another reason to be agianst zoo’s.

  • Mimi commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Marus your a true blue Baby Geraffe your in Jeovah s memrey these Men arnt.

  • shawn rene commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm


  • Mimi commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Marcus ;-( ;-( ;-( ;-( 🙁

  • Brian Carr commented on February 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    in so shocked i thought a zoo in Ireland was going to have him?

  • Gloria Monti commented on February 10, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    there’s a campaign to fire the “scientific” director of the zoo. please, sign the petition. he is a kapo in charge of a concentration camp.

  • Les Lepage commented on February 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t normally do this but this story has really affected me and I tried to voice my opinion at the Denmark Zoo website but the cowards there turned there servers off.

    Un fucking believable. I’ve never heard of such a thing. I will never visit another zoo as long as I live and I hope the Denmark zoo is penalized somehow. One thing is for sure, they should never be able to have another girafe, EVER.

    It looks like there website is down. You can’t voice your opinion on their website. They took the easy way out. I hope once there website comes back online that people everywhere will voice there opinion and hit them where it hurts by not spending your money at the Denmark Zoo.

  • Andrea Hedges commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    RIP Marius this zoo went against every purpose they are suppose to stand for and karma will get those people!! This horrible act should have never happened he should have been transferred to another zoo that would have gave him the life he deserved!!!! Then to let people watch his body get mauled for food! This zoo should be shut DOWN!!!! Marius is with god now a safer place than the Zoo that killed him!!! So sad

  • Donna Graves commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Any organization and/ or person who makes money off the backs of innocent animals are EVIL. Zoos, circuses, puppy mills, backyard breeders, they are one in the same. They are inhuman scum and I too hope they rot in hell. I also firmly believe they will. In the meantime if only people stopped paying them they would stop. It is all for the almighty dollar. Please help get the news out, I would not only boycott the zoo, but the entire country- they are SICK.

    • Wowzers commented on February 11, 2014 at 12:52 am

      Idiots who kill animals for no reason while attacking people who kill animals for ANY reason are even less sane!

    • Marion commented on February 11, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Hi Donna,
      I’ve already boycotted all zoos but emailed the Danish Tourist Board last night and told them although I wanted to go to Denmark I will never set foot in their country, so I’m right there already.

  • mary commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    This is utterly inhuman.Giraffes are my favorite animals and to hear and see pictures bout this makes me utterly sad.

  • David Thomas commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    What is most disturbing about this whole sordid episode is the zoo OFFERED to let the children watch WHILE the giraffe was skinned & the body fed to the lions!
    There is something morally & ethically wrong with that!!!

  • Marjan commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I dont belive. Whyyyyyyyy?!!!!!!!!!!

  • dario commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Denmark so that it is considered state of the art to the world, has now committed an atrocity and free crudele.che God damn these vile beings.

  • Adriene commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    i read that they had over 250,000 signatures to try to stop them from killing it, and that didn’t stop them, i really wonder if petitions work at all.. i am sooo sooo sooooo disheartened…. and heart broken….. and honestly feel powerless and helpless…

  • Heather Vee commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Zoos are for-profit ventures. Their profit is the most important thing to them and therefor the animals never will be. If it is called a “zoo” and not a “sanctuary” then it’s about money.

  • Sophia Ioakimidou commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    It is ridiculous at this time and age to have zoos around the World. Let the animals be for goodness sake. WAKE UP.

  • Robin Vice. commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Disgusting behavior…….you must be close down.

  • Maggie Barclay commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I think this is dam well sick cruel and should never be allowed to ever happen again..Why on earth did these sick people kill this poor animal when other Zoos offered to take him.. there was no need for it.. these sick people arent animal lovers they are nothing but animal murdering scum.BAN THIS TYPE OF CRUELTY

  • embroidered hat commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    it is very bed and shaam

  • Anikó Nagy commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    R.I.P. Marius :'(

  • melanie commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I am completely against cruelty, torture, captivity, feed lots, circuses and more.

  • christian neto commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    San Diego zoo is better. You guys obviously don’t have badass zoo’s like san Diego does. SD REPRESENT.

  • melanie commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I am completely against animal cruelty, torture, captivity, feed lots circuses and more

  • TANJA Slovenia commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    disgusting people, how can person have a heart and mind to do such a cruelty..SHAME ON YOU!!!!! You are the worst sort of people, poor animal, only 18 months old giraffe didn’t do anything to you to diserve such a cruel action towards him…and shame on all the people who support such a cruelty in zoos, shame on parents who took their children to see this disgusting act… how can children be raised in a good way????
    Denmark should be developed country but this last news prooves all the opposite…. i will NEVER visit country like that, who let that animals are treated so cruel!!!! SHAME ON YOU COPENGAHEN ZOO!!!!!!

  • Nuria Lozano commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    We encourage violencie by being violent. This was a cruel act, the men and women involved showed no mercy, but in no way do I wish them to “die”, or “get cancer”. If you want to prevent this from happening, don’t go to the zoo, donate to the preservation of wildlife. Do not come to websites and inspire violence in others. RIP, Marius, you were beautiful and continue to be beautiful for ages, beyond human existence.

  • samara commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    You all obviously love animals and care about their welfare and that’s commendable. The ones that wished people dead or for them to die in pain confuses me. We are animals too. While the management of a zoo may well be interested in profitability, there are keepers who spend their life looking after the animals, trying to enrich their lives and make them as happy as possible in their captivity. I was taken to a zoo when I was a child and I saw a tiger which started a life long love affair with this species. I have never seen one in the flesh since. Documentaries don’t do justice to the power that emanates from the living creature, you don’t form a bond from a picture. I have seen loads of documentaries on tigers, but it was the thrill of touching it through the cage (it was the 70s) that remain with me some 40 years later. I now do all I can afford to preserve tiger habitats. Some people can’t afford to go abroad and see animals in their natural environment. I know friends who were inspired to be vets by visits to the zoo. While I agree it is an unnatural environment, it does provide an opportunity for visitors to make a connection with a living creature, to look it in the eye, to feel it’s intelligence as it looks right back at you. A chance to fall in love. One day we will probably only be able to see tigers in zoos, they will vanish for ever, driven to extinction by man. While I fully agree that keeping animals in captivity is unnatural, I think zoos today can and do serve a purpose, even if it’s to realise we have to do better.

  • Ulla Neuvonen commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    You did so, so, so wrong!!!

  • Barb Ippolito commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    This is just disgusting…They did this in front of children and what kind of example does that show them….These people should be put OUT of business and the remaining pets put in a safe environment….I totally can not believe something like this could happen…The ZOO should fined for doing such a thing and the authorities should put a hefty fine on them at that…..What is our society coming to and what does this teach our children…….NOT GOOD at all…..PETA please do something about this so it doesn’t happen again….

  • tracy commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    wrong wrong wrong

  • David commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Specially they killed the giraffe in front of all children and people in Copenhagen.

  • ria commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Disgusting zoo’s are supppsed to look after animals, this mam should get locked up he’s a murderer!!!!!

    • Jesse commented on February 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      The Giraffe was killed and fed to lions. That’s the shit lions eat, or are you so ignorant as to have no fucking clue about nature? Don’t kill the Giraffe b/c that’s cruel and murder, but say nothing if they kill a cow to feed to the lions? Even if you did cry about them killing a cow to feed to the lions, you’d still be an oversensitive moron. Maybe we should convert all carnivores to vegan? Either get a fucking grip on reality or stick your empty head in the sand.

  • José António C. Rodrigues commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I’ve already signed a petition asking for the demission of the Copenhagen zoo director and another one asking the (at least temporary) closure of the zoo. I agree that the time of zoos is perhaps over. But let us not judge all the zoos by the same… Dublin zoo has insurged against this act of cruelty and certainly others did the same. Please recognize that you PR has failed and apologize to the world. I’m sure that the majority of the Danish people condemns this unfortunate act.

  • Alicia Guevara commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Ban zoos worldwide! No more zoos.

  • Despina commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Stop killing, abusing, mistreating animals. Let them live in
    Their natural habitat. Animals are not for
    Human entertainment. Disgusting !!!!
    Poor little Giraffe. 🙁

  • Roberto Csiki commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    A healthy young giraffe, killed and butchered in front of children and people, fed to lions because his genetic makeup was too similar to the others…what the hell kind of sick reason is that?! I call my spouse Marius, this was very personal for me, it really deeply cut into my soul. I hate this f’en world…

  • Megan commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I can not believe that this is legal! They should be ashamed of themselves for this disgusting act! I am just horrified and speechless.

  • Linda Emily commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Everyone – please do not let this disgusting act be forgotten. Silence gives consent. The name of the person accountable and responsible must be made known for justice to happen.

    PETA leaders – please raise HELL about this barbaric giraffe murder. Don’t let go of this. It is an act so egregious as this that the world needs PETA to speak out, to act and to not just provide media. Please PETA – raise HELL!

    My family was in the process of visiting Copenhagen again and making hotel reservations two days ago. We’ve decided to now boycott, not go, so disgusted we are and will remain.

    Just imagine if all the major animal welfare organizations united in a strong front to express global outrage against the savages who committed this atrocity. That is how change can happen.

  • Jolene commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Lions eat giraffes in the wild, but this giraffe was killed humanely and felt no pain. Zoos are helping animals with the breeding programs. Look at the white rhinos for an example. They’re extinct in the wild because of poachers and humans destroying their habitat, and there are a few remaining in zoos. We can breed them and reintroduce them unto the wild. Without zoos, the rhinos would be gone for good.
    There could be something wrong with the giraffe that either could cause the other ones to be sick, or maybe this baby was a result of inbreeding? If the zoos are providing food, shelter and trying to resemble a natural habitat while breeding them to boost their existence and reintroduce them to the wild, and teaching our children about the animals, then I’m all for it.

  • MJinAZ commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I am now convinced all zoos should be shut-down and this article proves why.
    How disgusting a “healthy” animal was put down because of breeding issues.
    The zoo should have given the animal away.

  • Imelda López commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I’m completely horrified at the act and shocked that a more INTELLIGENT and HUMANE solution wasn’t conceived. Disgusting!

  • Jackie commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    When I read the article regarding the murder of this baby, I was sick to my stomach! A zoo in Denmark kills a healthy baby giraffe. WTF!! Other countries / facilities had offered to take this little baby, Marius; yet Denmark didn’t care and they savagely killed him…chopped him up… threw him to the lions. They even posted pictures / videos. Aren’t zoos supposed to take care of animals that are outside of their natural habitat? I’ve never heard of such a thing. I am in complete shock! I will NEVER EVER entertain the idea of visiting Denmark! I am so angry about this…what a bunch of filthy bastards!

  • Paul Flores commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I seriously hate mankind sometimes, it’s so disturbing that we have come to this and so many people don’t get it. WTF. Why? Some of the stuff I’ve read is centered around justifing their actions. Can people seriously miss the point of Peace on Earth. These type of actions take me to a place I don’t like about myself, if I were there at the time this happened I would be in prison for the rest of my life. No one responsible would have left there alive. how do I get over the feeling of helplessness to stop this shit from happening. It seems the people with control have all the power to just commit their atrocities to no end. I’m so angry at this bullshit.

  • David Moore commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I bet the lions never complained ,I hope all you people who are complaining realise the meat you eat comes from the same conditions only you are the lions .

  • Wanda Dodd commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    This is just disgustingly sick, why would you have let these animals breed if this was going to happen!

  • Carol gatehouse commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I am deeply distressed by what happened. Zoos are there to protect animals. Various zoos offered the young giraffe a home. I am sick of humans ‘choosing’ whether an animal lives or dies.

  • Anonymous commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I think this is an absolute abomination! I also believe schools should not be aloud to use taxpayer money to take school children to zoo’s. I don’t want to participate in allowing these prisons to continue operating and I am offended when my money is being used without my ability to prevent it.

  • Martijn commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    O….. kay….!

    When you have a zoo and you breed animals, both carnivorous and herbivorous, is it unethical to kill a giraffe to feed your hungry lions?
    It is the same meat they would eat in the wild.
    Or should you go to the butcher’s and buy a cow, instead? Which was raised and killed for human consumption?

    The only unethical message I get from this “news item” is that the giraffe was slaughtered in front of a live audience.

  • Sharie London commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Does anyone see the message that is teaching children to have no kindness toward animals? Science does not require an audience. Doing slaughter in public teaches nothing good. Do it privately.

  • L Nicoll commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I dont understand why an animal which is healthy has to die like this. How dare they go ahead when so many people wanted to and were willing to save Marius.It just truly sickens me. That zoo cant claim to care for animals.

  • Margaret Bryant commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    The horror of the killing of that beautiful giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo is beyond tragic. I have always loved giraffes – so majestic and precious. What can be done to stop such vicious behaviors in the future?

  • Tara Franken commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Zoo’s should be shut down!!!

  • Julie Williams commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    This makes me sick!

  • Viv commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I signed the petition along with many others to save Marius. I was totally shocked when I heard he had been killed ( not euthanised ), when a zoo in the u.k had offered him a home as had others across the world. As if killing him was not bad enough then performing a dissection of him in front of the general public including children to feed to their lions was gross and very irresponsible. How are these children going to respect animals in their future life. Zoo.s seem to have lost the plot in preserving wild animals as he could have had a place in some others zoo’s breeding program and not sacrificed to officialdom. I am very upset and angry.

  • Christa Billich commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Disgusting …. Killing is not acceptable !

  • Jill Kading commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    It is just terrible what happened to Marius. I’m certain that beautiful little guy is elsewhere now. My ten year old daughter was sick about it, but now I think she really understands whey we don’t go to zoos.

  • Geraldine McCrossan commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Perhaps it should be mentioned that, even if a zoo were to shut down, its animals cannot simply be transported to their native territories and “released into the wild”. That is simplistic and unrealistic. They would be dead within hours for the obvious reasons.
    Instead of indulging people’s (genuine and laudable) emotion right now, we, as PETA members and supporters should be planning a logical step forward to end ALL cruelty to animals, especially the eating of their dead bodies by humans.
    Factory farms are grim, frightful places and are supported by law and by every single meat-eater.

  • louise commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    This is why I have never nor will never go to a Zoo. If you want to see a Giraffe or Zebra etc save up and go and see them in their habitat! As for places like Sea World dont even get me started on those places of hell!

  • TLF commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    This is so disgusting. The zoo keepers, zoo board and everyone associated with this bizarre situation need to be fired. I just added Denmark to my list of sick places I won’t be visiting. RIP Marius. May God take better care of you than these devils you knew on earth.

  • Annamaria Megyeri commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    There wasn’t one single person who would’ve stood between the gun and Marius…not one employee should be left working there…yes, truthfully, the institution of zoos should be banished, but to see that happening seems to be rather utopistic…Most certainly, the people working for these establishements must be filtered,

  • Véronique Zamorano Grenzdörfer commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I cannot believe this could happen in a civilized country, but I am not surprised if they do nothing against the massive slaughter on the farör Islands of this beautiful creatures as they are the bottle nose dolphins and whales!! It is embarrassing to kill a baby giraffe like this. Why didn´t they give her to another Zoo, even though I hate all Zoos. They and nobody has the right to act like this. The international community is shocked about Denmark and the Zoo owners.

  • Karen C commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    The news of the passing of Marius, the young giraffe at the hands of unethical, barberic zoo employees broke my heart this morning. Marius had other homes to go to and was refused. Seems to me that the zoo was just trying to cut down on their feed expenses where the lions were concerned and no matter how hard anyone tried, they were going to bulldoze their way right to the bolt gun. Shame on these people in Denmark. Marius was a young, healthy, beautiful male. If they were concerned with inbreeding, perhaps the zoo should look into separation of males and females, or look and ANY other option rather than cutting the life so short of such a beautiful animal that trusted the zoo employees to care for him and feed him and look after him. THEY DIDN’T TREAT MARIUS WITH THE LOVE AND RESPECT HE DESERVED.

  • zach commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Bastards!! You didn’t have to kill him; how would you like to be treated like that; it’s not his fault so it’s your responsibility for breeding!!!

  • Katie Lewis commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Incredibly sad. I am outraged. Why wasn’t this stopped!!? How horrible. I feel like crying. They said it was killed basically bc it was “retarded” (sorry for that word) so will we be killing all of the babies born with Down syndrome since they have a genetic problem as well? Horrible. And why was the slaying done in front of people?
    I want to scream!

  • Ross commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Marius was killed because he is too genetically similar to the other Giraffes. Well who let the giraffes mate to create him that way, the fucking Zookeepers! They said oral contraceptives would lower Marius’s welfare, isn’t death to a healthy animal the bottoming out of welfare? Neutering isn’t an option? Yorkshire Wildlife Park was willing to take in Marius, but the director of the Copenhagen Zoo declined shaming the Yorkshire for not housing ‘genetically more important’ animals. Even a private animal enthusiast wanted to house Marius and was declined. Copenhagen Zoo has a superiority complex that is shameful and barbaric.

  • linda commented on February 10, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I can’t believe it, it’s so horrible

  • Fabrizio commented on February 10, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    We must have more respect for any tipe of life. If we do it , the world should be better. Man, no destroy Earth.

  • Monica Schilder commented on February 10, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    There was a place for him in the Netherlands, not a zoo, but an estate with lots of land to wander…. but the Danmark zoo wouldn’t even consider it! This was so brutal. They killed him in front of the public, even little children were watching it!

  • Linda Diaz commented on February 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    WHO ARE THE REAL ANIMALS HERE? I can’t believe what this world & it’s people are willing to do even after all the pleas/offers from different people to save that poor defenseless giraffe!! I understand if he had been ill & contagious.

  • Jesse commented on February 10, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I like how they word this as if the Giraffes natural habitat is any less cruel. And when did anyone forget that zoos are a business of animal captivity for profit? Anyone? I’d like to remind people to watch the Discovery channel every once in a while so you can see how much less cruel nature can be. Poor little Marius here could have been freed and eaten while still alive.

    Anyone who goes to the zoo as their only outlet to experience nature will probably adopt the same mindset PETA has. A disconnected sense of reality and an abundance of hypocrisy. That’s all PETA is. PETA kills more animals than any other animal agency, including zoos and animal shelters.

    PETA speaks about animal cruelty as if nature is a blissful paradise. No… nature is the cruelest motherfucker that exists. Don’t believe me? Watch a pack of lions take down a Zebra and eat it while it’s still struggling to get away. Or watch a parasite enter an animal and take over it’s entire body. Or watch a human child with Leukemia vomit massive amounts of blood… then come speak to me about cruelty.

  • Lisa Lachapelle commented on February 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    This was a hideous cruel thing to do let alone put on national television. That poor animal. Abuse like this must stop!



  • Alejandro Cerqueda Salazar commented on February 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I dont support this cruelties!

  • NotoriousKIM commented on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I wish people with influence would fight for these animals..
    celebs,football players e.t.c.
    if a HUMAN was killed with a needle,,fed to the lions and it was publicly watched there would be UPROAR and arrests made immediately..
    Why not for animals ? this is an eye opener.
    WHERE IS THE GOVERNMENT AT ?? give these animals rights !

  • sean dunne commented on February 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    i am having huge difficulty in getting my head around this action.although human beings have betrayed every other creature on this planet so why am i surprised..i am sorry to say,this type of thing defines us.its simply sickening.the individual responsible this heinous crime should himself be chopped up and fed to the dare he presume this creature to be worthless. is it not us humans who have put these animals in the situations where they can inbreed,and then we kill them because we deem them worthless.this is a particularly cowardly act and perpetrated in the guise of science and in front of children.the bit that really makes me angry, is. he was no doubt responsible for the breeding program in the zoo.shame on this man.just bloody shame on him.

  • jolouise commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    There should be a sanctuary nearby for ex zoo animals. Zoos abroad are either never as fit for purpose nor have the same care as most sanctuaries/parks have in the UK. I am almost sure this Giraffe could have had a long life if given the chance at one of our wildlife parks. Pity Copanhagen Zoo did not think out of the box on this, instead of putting their selfish breeding programme first.

  • Lauren Stewart commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    As much as -if this is true- it’s disgusting, can I ask where this information came from?
    Who’s your source?
    I don’t believe this story in it’s entirety at all. No doubt there is more to it than you are letting on.
    Nice of you to get a dig in about the British too!
    I eagerly await you reply consisting of proof behind this story.

  • Pri commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    ARTICLE IN TH UK METRO – makes me sick to my stomach to see such cruelty

    The healthy young giraffe put down in a zoo to prevent it from breeding has been skinned and fed to lions in front of members of the public, including young children.

    Eighteen-month-old Marius was shot in the head with a bolt pistol this morning at Copenhagen Zoo despite a petition calling for him to be spared attracting more than 20,000 signatures.

    Other zoos offered a home for Marius, while a private individual said they would pay €500,000 (£415,000) for the giraffe, but all offers were rejected.

    Marius the giraffe skinned and fed to lions as children look on
    Marius was killed despite being perfectly healthy (Picture: AFP/Getty)
    After the young giraffe was killed, zoo visitors were invited to watch his autopsy, before his remains were given to the zoo’s lions.

    Spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro said the zoo had seven giraffes left, many of whom had similar genes for breeding as Marius.

    The giraffe was killed as the zoo is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, which has strict rules on interbreeding.

    Its membership also meant it could only sell the giraffe to a zoo or organisation that followed the same rules.

    Marius the giraffe skinned and fed to lions as children look on
    The zoo rejected offers to rehome Marius (Picture: EPA)
    The Danish zoo’s scientific director Bengt Holst said: ‘The most important factor must be that the animals are healthy physically and behaviourally and that they have a good life while they are living whether this life is long or short. This is something that Copenhagen Zoo believes strongly in.’

    Animal Rights Sweden said Marius being put down illustrated why it was against zoos full stop.

    ‘It is no secret that animals are killed when there is no longer space, or if the animals don’t have genes that are interesting enough. The only way to stop this is to not visit zoos,’ the group said.

    ‘When the cute animal babies that attract visitors grow up they are not as interesting anymore.’

  • Jules Udoni commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    How can somebody do this to an animal? It sickens me what people do to animals. I hope those zookeepers who killed that poor giraffe get thrown into jail!

  • rach commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    should be done for cruelty to animals and sent to a cell and stay in a 4×4 concrete block 23hrs a day and see how poorly they get treated there. Hope they get punished for what they did and it doesn’t just get slipped under the rug like I seem to think it might………..

  • Neri commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    …nasty people…in front of children’s eyes…if there is any heaven, there will be more giraffes than people this kind, take it for sure!

  • shiv commented on February 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    How they dare to kill any ANIMALS.
    ANIMALS r like God…
    Those people & their family can not be happy in this generation…
    God will the same with u all…
    Har har mahadev

  • Amy meredith commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    time to boycott.drnmark and their products. Pandora jewelery legos to name a few

    • mario commented on February 13, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      good idea to boycott the danis product ,people without heart.

  • Rachelle commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    So, so, so sad. Breaks my heart. Why we still have zoos I don’t have any idea. And I think that anyone who thinks this is ok is very sick, including the zoos, their policies and sick ways. It’s like scientists, no heart, no empathy, no emotion. People leave living things alone already!

  • shiv commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Whatever u do with animals , GOD WILL do same to U.
    Then don’t blame to Ur LUCK

  • Anny commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Absolutely disgusting!!

  • William Jegier commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Beng Holst, from Copenhagen zoo, responsible for this atrocity states that it was done for “purity of the race”. B.H. should realize that it was tried and almost implemented 80 years ago not too far from Denmark by another purist – A.H.

  • Lizzie commented on February 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Poor Marius, together with all creatures who suffer for our own amusement… As a civilised society, we have responsibilities, and those are not the pathetic excuses the “clever” and “rational” scientists have kept repeating over the past few days, without even a faked hint of remorse or apology in sight.
    Surplus animals? Give them to someone else who can look after them, don’t just decide on their behalf they cannot do the job and that they should keep their space free for other breeding purposes! Or, even better, release them back in the wild where they belong – if they die at least they will have fought for their lives, like it is meant to be, not to be killed for a crowd of people to watch and “be educated”. And talking about education – wow, how “valuable”. Let’s add a few key ingredients: a child’s immature thinking and his/her unique personality, a pinch of violence on tv and around them, a bit of economic crisis with some ugly xenophobic thinking, a zoo that slaughters an animal in cold blood because it was not useful and could not be housed, together with a very cold blooded description of how that “surplus” machinery worked, ending with a feed to the lions “because that’s just how nature works” – promote the mixing of these ingredients as normal. Want to see the results? Wait a few years …

  • andrea commented on February 11, 2014 at 12:03 am

    just heartbreaking..

  • Faith commented on February 11, 2014 at 12:09 am

    This is horrifying and utterly discusting. This is a sad day.

    I cried for this poor animal and for the children watching this tragedy unfold. To encourage this behavior, is unbelievable!

    What kind of psychological impact will this have on the children that were present watching this killing? Trauma that can affect them into adulthood? What were the parents thinking bringing their children to view such an act? I’m still shaking my head over this.

    These are peaceful, beautiful animals that deserve much more than this. They feel love, pain, hunger, etc…physically and emotionally. This zoo/members are the stewards of these animals and have a responsibility to care for them properly.

    I think this zoo should be charged for the slaying of this beautiful animal and for allowing the public(including babies/children) to be present at the viewing of taking this animal’s life and dismembering of Marius( young giraffe). How inhumane and violent is this?

    Thank you! Peta for posting this article, to bring viewers awareness on these horrible acts to helpless animals. RIP little Marius. God Bless! the children, and all who care and protect helpless animals.

  • Dianne Kaucharik commented on February 11, 2014 at 12:45 am

    I heard this on the news last night and was appalled! I hope that media coverage followed by public pressure, including boycotting the Copenhagen Zoo, setbe to change attitudes at the zoo. We could use a Bob Barker or Ellen Degeneres or some other celebrity to use their celebrity status and/wealth to influence change! I hope the negative publicity on the Copenhagen Zoo goes VIRAL!!!

  • Helena commented on February 11, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I am ashamed of beeing a human. All zoo in the world should close down. I was lucky to be able to travel to Tanzania and see all these beautiful happy and free animals. I am so greatful for that. Memories I will have with me for the rest of my life. RIP Marius ❤️

  • Vanessa commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:20 am

    So it’s ok to feed lions an unnatural diet of corn fed beef ( animals who have suffered much more than this giraffe- having endured feedlots, transport to and the horrors of slaughter), but to feed Lions a more natural diet of a Giraffe who yes, lived in an enclosure, but probably had been well cared for relatively speaking, is an outrage? I suppose lions should be vegans. The next PETA article will be bashing and orca’s and tigers for the disgusting carnage and torture of their innocent prey animals.

  • Stuart McLean commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:23 am

    I am not a member of PETA and I am not a vegetarian, but this story is truly sickening. The owners/managers of this zoo are sick and this animal could and should have been saved. Is there a place/way I can register my outrage that may have some meaning or help this from happening again?

    Thank you,

  • Lynda Meredith commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:27 am

    How many people are. In shock with the planned execution of this poor animal,how inhuman was
    This,this zoo can try and justified there actions as much as they want,but the bottom line is this was a senseless killing of a beautiful magestic animal,that was only a baby.
    To make it worse,he didn’t have to die,there were so many offers to place him somewhere else,
    They fed him to the cats,you have to be kidding me!!!!I don’t think I’ll ever go to a zoo again,This man should loose his job,he and his staff are sick and disgusting, why do we take these animal from there homelands,only to make them live a life behind bars,god knows what will happen to the other animals at this zoo… sad.
    Animal lovers should ban together and do everything we can to make a difference…they need someone to be there voice..

  • Stephanie commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:32 am

    This is absolutely horrible and I have never heard of anything like this.

  • Dave Spurlock commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:40 am

    So sad. And then the attempt to turn the episode into a lesson on the circle of life in the wild. Nothing natural can happen in a zoo. What concerns me even more is that this is only a glimpse into what is happening everyday. We need to work for the preservation of natural habitats and raise awareness of the stress we ignorantly create in and outside of zoos.

  • Laura H commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:41 am

    This is absolutely horrifying and heartbreaking. These zoos say they are trying to conserve endangered species but all they are doing is imprisioning animals. Even the most “humane” zoo could never come close to replicating the environment animals would have in the wild. If people really want to help endangered animals they should address the real cause of declining species populations. Zoos do not address the real problem. We should support organizations that focus on protecting animals in the wild not organizations that treat animals like items they can throw away when it is no longer convenient to care for them. I am saddened by this cruel act and what lesson was taught to the young children who watched. I hope that this terrible event shows the world how cruel and inhumane these zoos are.

  • Amy commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Unacceptable!! CLOSE THIS ZOO DOWN…NOW!!!!

  • Claudia Caballero commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Shame on those who exterminate such a beautiful living being. What an stupid excuse to commit MURDER

  • Krista commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I am ashamed of my humanity yet again. I want to help but I feel that help is futile because humans are so egocentrically ignorant that little to nothing will change. But …I will continue to do what I can… And I promise to continue to boycott and discourage everyone i know to boycott all zoos and circuses until things change greatly. How awful for our world that we treat our fellow animals this way.

  • D. Hansen commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Such a horrible story.. For once I actually agree with PETA and others for their outcry. I have been privileged enough to have spent time in various parts of Africa and more specifically in Kenya experiencing these magnificent animals in the wild. After one lion hunt in 2010 I was offered an opportunity to stay and help train game preserve wardens due to my previous military background, during that time I learned such a respect for those who put their lives on the line to protect and manage a healthy wild population of ‘zoo animals’. If people could experience the coarse rawness of their environment but yet the majesty of these beautiful creatures that glide silently thru it. Its not at all like anything you could experience at a zoo.

  • Sharon LePere commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Such a tragedy. The saddest thing about this is that there were people offering to take the poor baby. Did I hear right, that having the children watch was supposed to be some sort of learning experience? To learn what? How horrible humans can be? To have total disregard for the lives of God’s creatures? What the hell? There really aren’t any words to describe how horrible this action was. God help us is all I can say.

  • Suzanne Hummer commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:49 am

    This is unbelievable beyond words. How could anybody support what these a…holes did! Are people still visiting this zoo? I certainly hope not!! I wish someone could have saved that poor giraffe Sickening!!

  • Linda Lucas commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I want the man’s job. I listened to him on KQED today and literally bacame ill with what came out of his mouth. Many of us do not go to zoos, many no longer eat meat but I want this man and all parties that endorsed this action held accountable for their cold inhumane reckless disegard for life.
    How does it happen that a beautiful innocent animal, they bred is slaughtered and left to be a spectacle for attendees at the zoo? He said that the onlookers even asked questions, that they seemed really interested in what was going on. Well, shame on him and the adults who watched and the parents of the “interested children”.
    Now, what can be done to make them feel the rage the rest of this world feels? I will contact their consulate, I want the animals name that so rightously spoke to media as though nothing was wrong was done and that it was a learning experience. How does anyone employee such a being? Yes, I also believe in karma and I hope he gets his. The whole country should be ashamed. I’ve read and heard some pretty cold things in my late years but this by far matches the worst. Be ashamed Denmark. My message goes to all who feel animals are lesser and can be extinguihed at whim.

    • CindyH74 commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Ditto I couldn’t agree more. You know had that director (who I’m calling director Hilter) adopted Marius out he would in all likelihood not be the most hated man in world but quite the opposite which tells me that there’s something definitely wrong with Director Hitler’s gene’s.

    • Ingrid Threet commented on February 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Yes, you are so correct in your statements! This living being didn’t even have a chance to live. Also, what’s wrong with those kids? Sorry, but when I was a kid I had compassion for animals, and i would have condoned this slaughter. Thanks for your comment. Gives me some faith in humanity knowing that there are people out there like you!

    • Veronica May commented on February 11, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      I agree with everything you say. They are an evil cold calculating lot at that Zoo and are not fit to look after any of the could they treat that beautiful young Giraffe like that and what right do they have to decide he is not good enough and he didn’t have to be used for breeding. I just don’t understand he parents letting their children watch such a brutal thng

    • Judy Storm commented on February 12, 2014 at 5:06 am

      There are petitions concerning closing the zoo at Think the one about Bengt Holst being fired closed with 120,000 signatures. Can’t sleep, eat, or think about anything but this giraffe, Marius. Just wish i had known about the petitions before the fact, maybe then it would have saved him.

  • SANJAY GAIKWAD commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:10 am


  • Sandra commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Disgusting and inhumane, animals are not objects and people who act like that with them isn’t only lacking a heart but also a brain

  • gowtham commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Many really engage in trying to prevent some species from becoming extinct. Many do not use cages but have recreated natural habitats. Many have stopped keeping species unsuited to a particular climate. There are thousands of truly caring zoo-keepers who will have shed tears over poor Marius’ fate.
    I am baffled that many people do not see the parallel between lions eating a dead giraffe and humans eating a dead cow/pig/lamb/chicken.
    What particularly sickened me about this sordid affair is that it was watched, as entertainment by a consenting public that included children.
    I’m close to despair.

  • maria commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:22 am

    No vacation or any income to Denmark. Not in my name.
    Marius RIP

  • Becky Evans commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:29 am

    This is horrifying but this kind of disregard for animals goes on at most zoos. Zoos are not good environments for animals

  • Nicole Malloy commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:36 am

    This must stop.

  • cody commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Is this legal???? Can we start a petition? Can we at least put this zoo on blast? Or sue them?

    • frida commented on February 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Im on!

  • Lorraine commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:50 am

    This story is heartbreaking.. I thought zoos were one of the few places these poor animals could be safe? I guess that’s wrong.. It’s just a shame that people who are suppose to be helping keep animals alive are the ones killing them because in their eyes he was ‘useless’? I think those responsible should be Fired! In my eyes there is no such thing as a useless animal.. Their living beings, their use isn’t always to please humans By becoming breeding machines or means of entertainment etc. it’s just extremely sad may that poor baby R.I.P

  • Catherine commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Para colmo hicieron un espectáculo público con la asistencia de mucha gente, sobre todo de niños. Cuál es el problema de la gente de Dinamarca?

  • Charmaine Fernandes commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:51 am

    PETA What are you going to do about this? Will this heartless, barbarian murderer go to jail? Will he be kicked out from his job? Will he be put in an asylum for counseling? What justice will this innocent animal get?
    I think all zoos should be closed down. It’s inhuman. The animals are not meant to be caged/ live in small cramped spaces.

  • Roberta commented on February 11, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I’m beyond belief of this horrifying act!!! This is so heartbreaking! How could this happen? This has to be stopped right now!!! What a beautiful creature! KARMA on these evil monsters who have the nerve to do a unspeakable act. How can we be of help to end this? I don’t want to be helpless for all of these beautiful creatures. First it was the elephants, now the giraffes?

  • gwenn meltzer commented on February 11, 2014 at 4:09 am

    when you name an animal like this .. you don’t expect someone to order it killed .. they all have a soul .. :'(

    • CindyH74 commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      And Marius’ soul is now in paradise with its heavenly creator and those who did this to him their souls will burn in Hell.

  • Kasy Burke commented on February 11, 2014 at 4:15 am

    I think there is more to this story then what is put out there. I would try and find more information about this event, articles only write the shocking stuff. For all we know their may have been something else wrong with the giraffe as to why it was put to sleep.

    • CindyH74 commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      I agree and think more investigation is warranted. Also thus poor baby wasn’t “put to sleep” he was shot in the head in front of spectators. Whole thing makes me sick.

    • Chuck Yeager commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      He was not put to sleep. He was shot in the back of the head after being lured with food. Then dismembered in front of a live studio audience. I dont think you will have to try to hard to read up on this. Maybe you should post after you know what it is we are talking about next time.

    • Paul Billings commented on February 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      No there wasn’t anything wrong – just surplus to requirements! By all means find out as much as you can – then be angry like the rest of us.

  • Lesley Hyde commented on February 11, 2014 at 4:43 am

    I am so sickened by this I cannot sleep. All I can think about is his innocent eyes looking into the camera. H e trusted his caregivers and they are evil!! I cannot in any way come to terms with just killing this innocent baby!! I absolutely hate these people that did this to him and cannot comprehend why any parent would want their child to watch and could be irreversably influenced by this. Disgusting, no words can describe it. You cannot tell me that in this entire world there were no other options for him. RiP Beautiful Marius.

    • Maggie Reynolds commented on February 11, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Agree – this is heartbreaking – I feel so helpless.

    • Ingrid Threet commented on February 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      The kids should know better, too. No excuse. They will grow up to be like the adults. My daughter didn’t have to be “taught” to respect animals. At a tender, young age, she just knew herself that it was the right thing to do. Shame on those children and their parents!

  • Jacqueline Grosjean commented on February 11, 2014 at 4:49 am

    This is horrifying. Shame on this zoo.

  • Pat Coetzer commented on February 11, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Zoos like Circuses and any other place that takes animals out of their natural environment should be banned.

    This is just a disgrace and I hope something good comes out of this. An innocent animal killed for what!

    Imagine if we killed any of the human race for the same reason.

    Shocked and ashamed to be a human being. We have no right to take any animals life. They have rights too.

    Geraldine you are right, but we need to stop more Zoos being allowed to open. Also as and when animals die in the Zoos for whatever reason they should not be replaced until such time, as they’re are no more animals and then be closed down. In the meantime, respect, love and caring where captive animals are kept should be the priority of these people who run them.

  • John commented on February 11, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I am sickened by the cold hearted senseless MURDER of Marius !!!!! Those assholes that run that zoo should be thrown to the lions ALIVE while the heartless spectators of Denmark watch and take pictures like they did with poor Marius !!!!! What the hell is wrong with those people there they are SICK to find that kind of EVIL entertaining !!!!! Shame on you Denmark that poor Giraffe could have been moved to another zoo that wanted the poor baby but instead they wanted to commit the most EVIL SENSELESS COLD HEARTED ACT OF MURDER on a poor helpless animal that I have ever heard of !!!!! I wish I could get my hands on the the ASSHOLE that did this to Marius I would make DAMN SURE he never harmed another animal again !!!!! The more I see of the human race the more I LOVE animals !!!!! THAT ZOO NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN NOW !!!!!

  • ralphie commented on February 11, 2014 at 6:20 am

    they should have never killed that giraffe its totally wrong sinfull to make it worse feed it to the lions I mean this is animal cruelty at the highest level people lets be humans beings with some kind of heart im sure the guy who killed this giraffe wouldent like his children killed if they couldent produce children into this world right someone needs to put a stop two this now before things get worse … R.I.P MARIUS

  • Marion commented on February 11, 2014 at 6:39 am

    This killing of this innocent animal has left me absolutely seething with rage! I read the article in the (Canadian) National Post this ridiculous director Bengt says that the Copenhagen zoo belongs to a group of zoos that hold themselves to the highest of standards. Another zoo in Sweden had offered to take this poor creature and they would not allow it because the Swedish zoo would not conform to the same “high” standards. Yes, perhaps they let their animals live out their lives instead of slaughtering them in front of children. If that’s a high standard then I really have to question what these zoos are about, not that I’ve been to a zoo in eons because I can’t watch the animals caged up. It kills me.
    This man says “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,” Stenbaek Bro said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. In Canada, we call this shooting a line of bull(shit). Actually proud? What’s to be proud of? Half these kids won’t remember a liver from a stomach in 2 weeks, unless of course they’re traumatized and suffer flashbacks! And that someone could actually be proud of that is another thing I question. He is making himself out to be the hero he is not!
    The other thing I read was this: Netherlands — Joerg Jebram, who oversees the European Endangered Species Program for giraffes, explains why he believes the Copenhagen Zoo was correct in its decision to kill 2-year-old Marius. I like the name of the program, ” European Endangered Species Program for giraffes” – yes, that is to say that if they are in Europe they will continue to be an endangered species with directorship like this! I don’t hear any compassion, any apology or sorrow for having to do this. There’s nothing. It’s like, “We just have to do this and well, tough….” That is the last type of organization that should be handling animals. The “it’s just a job” attitude doesn’t do much for the poor animals who have to suffer your treatment of them.
    I would like to see the Copenhagen zoo closed down, I would like to see Bengt lose his job, perhaps he can become a butcher – seems to suit him better, and I would like to see this European Endangered species organization shut down! With decision-making like this, zoos can work better independently.
    I seriously think there are a lot of laws, regulatory bodies, etc. all over the world that need an overhaul, but I would put this one in my top 10.

    • CindyH74 commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Great response I love it.

  • Joanne Chouinard commented on February 11, 2014 at 6:41 am

    it is so disgusting , I hate zoo and even more today

  • Pat Kenderdine commented on February 11, 2014 at 6:59 am

    This is so incredibly sad and insensitive. I wonder how the person who performed this deed, can sleep at night? There are plenty of wildlife parks who would have given their eye teeth for this little boy, particularly from the point of view that new genes could have been introduced into their own breeding stock. I fully agree with the statement that children can learn far more by watching television documentaries and (oh my GOODNESS) actually reading books, than they can by looking at animals caged in inappropriate surroundings. Zoos, circuses and all like institutions should be banned. I promise you, man will have to pay for what he has done to the animals on this planet. I hope the Danish government and everyone associated with this shameful act, pays DEARLY!

    • CindyH74 commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      I completely agree with you. In fact your last comment is interesting – we who condem this act should write our respective countries asking them to sanction, boycott or heavily tariff the Danish government and it’s imports. Someone needs to pay for such an act of crueliety.

  • Hayden commented on February 11, 2014 at 7:02 am

    This breaks my heart! And I don’t ever go to zoo’s, sea world ,or the circus for that matter. They are all disgusting!!! I wish I had the magical powers to help these poor animals and rescue each and everyone of them.. All zoos should be ashamed of themselves and every damn place that profits from these beautiful animals! I’m so sad’:,( about this incident!

  • Hasara commented on February 11, 2014 at 7:16 am

    This is just sick. The zoo should be banned. This clearly show the love the so called animal lovers have. People should avoid these type of zoo.

  • Antony Owen commented on February 11, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Really sad to read such idiotic comments… it was humanly killed because. A. It couldn’t be bred (which is what the main priority of zoos are). B. An autopsy was performed in front of an audience of willing participants to observe some incredible things. C. The meat went on to feed its natural predators. D. The zoo now has space to continue the breeding programme to insure future existence of the species…

    • Ernie Scales commented on February 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      What you mean is produce more animals to feed the lions. If the breeding was wrong why did they breed it in the first instance?

    • Donna Graves commented on February 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      True, really sad to read such idiotic comments SUCH AS YOURS. Not being breeding stock is no reason to murder the poor baby. ( and unless you have taken a bolt shot to the head, you have no idea how “humane” it was.)
      B) no autopsy was performed or needed, autopsy determine the cause of death, everyone knows this baby was murdered. What they did was butcher it in front of a bunch of sick people who wanted to watch it, and if you think it was “incredible” you’re sick too.
      C) obviously the zoo does not care AT ALL about the future existence of the species, they care about MONEY collected from idiots like you.

    • Aurora commented on February 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      The meat? Sicko. And for anyone else defending the zoos…it’s all very wrong. As the article states itself, there’s nothing we can learn from animals being locked up in a zoo. More knowledge will come from informational documentaries its that simple and that obvious. Don’t try reasoning the unreasonable. This is horrific and all zoos need to be shut down.

    • Denise Marissa commented on February 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Giraffes are not considered object that occupy “space”…They are living, breathing, feeling sentient creatures that deserve more than to be wiped out of existence because they are ‘inconvenient’.

      Your comment is as appalling as the murder the zoo committed.
      Replace the word “giraffe” in the story with the word “child” and see if you feel differently…I doubt you would though because ‘people’ such as yourself are incapable of empathy for other beings.

  • CindyH commented on February 11, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Please excuse my bluntness and religious beliefs: I truly believe that God has reserved a special place in Hell for those at the Copenhagen zoo who made the decision to end that poor baby animal’s life. My your soul(s) rot and burn there for all eternity. And my prayer for Marius is that his sweet innocent little soul be surrounded by and wrapped in our Lord’s blessed peace for all eternity. Amen!!!

  • Viktor commented on February 11, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Cruel and disgustingly capitalistic as this is, it is a mere sidetrack in the preservation debate.
    Google “palm oil” and look for articles containing the word “orangutan”. If the death of Marous makes you sick, this will make you vomit and cry.

  • Mizar L. commented on February 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

    According to BBC these people also publically dissect poor Marius IN FRONT of childrens. What kind of sick-minded people they are……God Bless Marius may he rest in peace……and may these people at Copenhagan rot in hell

  • Ettore Chiacchio commented on February 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

    His sacrifice not be in vain…

    Marius is dead. Marius has been dead…
    Marius has been killed by human beast[1].
    Motiveless. Pointless. Grotesque. Sad.
    Blood from north to south, from west to east…

    Cruelty dirties the Earth with innocent blood
    showing zoos have no reason to exist:
    they are pain to death that spreads in flood.
    Marius is an hero who invites us to resist.

    Marius is another why to close all the zoos
    squalid recesses of the human intolerance[2]
    anachronistic jails, against Nature abuse!
    Witnesses of abysmal, persistent ignorance…

    Notes available here:

  • Joel commented on February 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Ok I love animals, but here’s the things. You are chastising all zoos for what one did. You do realize that zoo are helpful in the sense that we get to observe and learn about these beautiful creatures. Zoos also help endangered speices for going extinct. Again be fanatics against one zoo and blaming them all is just pure and simple ignorance. Also at times perserves don’t have the space for these animals for the zoos to release them. Also you actually can’t always relaee an animal into the wild due to the fact that if the have never hunted to got their own food then the efforts would be in vain. So again blame the one zoo not all of them. Also I’ve witnessed animal cruelty on a daily basis and the inflict or was one of your memebers. Just saying people are crazy, but you can’t blame everything on what one organization did. Basically be realistic and do something about that one zoo

    • lory commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      I do not agreed with this sentence: “You do realize that zoo are helpful in the sense that we get to observe and learn about these beautiful creatures”.
      If you want to learn about them, fly to Africa to see them on their territories, and watch them walking free!
      We do not need to learn about them by watching them in suffer and in prison. We are also able to buy books about animals to learn about them.

      Zoos are terrible prisons. People make money out of them. Animals do not deserve this fate!

    • Ines commented on February 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      yes, sounds good what do we do a zoo for humans? one from every race…would you like to live in a cage and being exposed every day? without caring if you are cold or hot. No, I don’t think you would like that would you?and I’ll give you an example that happened in my country, Argentina. A year ago, the summer was so so hot that the only polar bear we had at the zoo died….why? because of the weather, that bear didn’t belong to Buenos Aires, belong to the Artic…see? zoo, suck and they should be ban forever! they don’t help animals in any way!

  • Peta(born with name) Bradley commented on February 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I know the loins have to have fresh meat but whats upsetting me is Marius had offers of somewhere to go, and how the Zoo made a show out of his death and dissection. Just another cheap stunt by people who treat their animals without feelings, they only have money signs in their eyes.Hope this bad press for the Zoo makes people think twice about Zoos.

    • Luz commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm


  • Marzia giovannini commented on February 11, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Assurdo non ci sono parole per descrivere cio che e accaduto!!! E si dichiarano un paese civile???!!!

  • Brenda Bogtstra commented on February 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

    This just clarifies to me my hatred of zoos and circuses. This appalling action in the Danish zoo illustrates mans control over the life of an animal. Just as with hunting for fun! The action after the killing of this beautiful creature leaves me absolutely flabbergasted and I cannot understand why parents would allow their children to witness what took place never mind the adults! This giraffe was offered several homes where he could live out his life but again someone thought he knew better and and made this sick decision. My hope is that the decision makers in this case live to regret this by the worldwide condemnation the are receiving and I wish them all many sleepless nights and even worse!!

  • Morten commented on February 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

    First off a lot of people here obviously didn’t bother to actually read the reasoning from the zoo and the european coordinator on giraffe breeding (who had the last word).

    Secondly: Just to point out Zoos do not breed offspring for the purpose of more visitors. They breed offspring because it is a good activity for the animals to mate, nest, nurture etc. related to having opffspring. It is the only natural habit of the animals that can be preserved in captivity as predators and looking for food is non existant or trivial at best (if food is hidden). It also serves to keep the genepool evolving while maintaining a good genetic diversity across breeding programs. Marius’s genes were more than well represented in the european cooperation on giraffes, and thus he would take up one of only a limited amount of available spots from another animal that might be better for preserving genetic diversity.

    Releasing him – as PETA should know – is not something that can just be done, and giving him over to a non-EAZA zoo could see him potentially sold to an abusive environment where he also faced the risk of being alone (giraffes are social animals).

    I’m shocked and appaled that PETA would take a stance such as the one expressed here when they claim to want the best for animals. You can’t save them all you know, and the zoos do a tremendous job in educating people and keeping diverse and healthy populations of both endangered and non-critical animals, to the benefit of all of us. Giraffes, and many other animals, are currently rarely returned to the wild because it is a tremendous amount of work to do so and very costly, not to mention the possible political problems with local people living in the release area. Additionally giraffes are not endangered so there is no reason to release them in the wild, but that doesn’t mean that preserving a healthy population in zoos is stupid. They serve great purpose in understanding the anatomy of the animals. Marius will help researchers in half a dozen different projects. Finally – imagine how little people would really know of exatic animals without zoos. People wouldn’t care one bit about the destruction of habitats or extinction of species if they never heard about them.

    Circuses on the hand. I can agree on hating them. They serve no purpose.

    • Morten commented on February 11, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Addition: Regarding showing the autopsy in public, it is extremely educational and both children and parents were engaged and interested when it took place, asking lots of good questions and all walking home with a great experience. People in other countries, USA for instance, need to realise this all happens in zoos there too, But it happens behind the scenes because of the risk to offend people and their disney-world view. Well the world is cruel – Surprise! For instance had Marius been released in the wild with no knowledge of how to behave he would most likely have been killed by lions, terrified, confused and in pain in his last moments of life. Instead he had a peaceful death in safe surroundings eating what can only be described as candy.

    • Kaleb commented on February 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      I agree with you 100%. Everyone freaking out about this needs a reality check. I get so mad that people waste their lives on things like this when there are so many other problems in the world that actually need desperate attention and effort for change brought to them.

    • David Carlin commented on February 12, 2014 at 12:47 am

      I totally disagree… Animals that die in the wild is a natural part of evolution… Animals that killed unnecessarily and dissected in front of extremely young children, is a deplorable and despicable act of violence and should be condemned! It is a Barbaric act of self gratification for Bengt Holst, nothing else… Should we now just show young children Human Autopsies? How ridiculous and condescending can you be? Animals in the wild do not have DNA tests before they Copulate and i have never seen a Lion with 2 heads… This situation is absolutely Appalling….. Copenhagen Zoo… SHAME ON YOU!

    • James commented on February 12, 2014 at 3:53 am

      THIS COMMENT IS DISGUSTING. What a fool you are.

    • Rob commented on February 12, 2014 at 7:21 am

      If I correctly recall my history, those Romans certainly learned a great deal about those pesky exotic animals when they publically slaughtered them by the thousands in arenas across the empire. And those slaughters often took place in natural habitats created just to increase the entertainment and educational value for the psychopaths cheering in the seats. The zoo in Copenhagen made certain it had an audience and plenty of media attention for the educational and entertainment delight of the masses who enjoy such spectacles. My god, by the 21st Century one would hope humans just might have evolved into better creatures than the blood thirsty mobs in an arena 2,000 years ago. But we haven’t. We still get a jolt out of bloodshed and we make sure to put an animal killing on youtube for all to see and not just the lucky few invited to this horror show.

  • Asael Silva commented on February 11, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I am disgusted with humanity and the way they do things to nature, wildlife and everything that God created for welfare of human race.
    Man destroys everything he touches, either because of greed, envy or vanity.
    I wish that God come soon to put an end in humanity so animals can live free again.

    • Luz commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm


    • Gabriela Patterson commented on February 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      Sencillamente inhumano.

  • Gal commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I have some questions about this. First, are there any links to researches that show the uselessness of zoos? Second, is this true to zoos worldwide, or were the surveys done only in the UK? Third, I realize there is a sense of entertainment involved in displaying animals in zoos. But isn’t public money needed to keep facilities running, even if they are truly motivated toward conservation? And isn’t it the best way to keep that money coming to open the facilities to visitors? I would like answers to all these questions, because I am truly befuddled

  • CindyH74 commented on February 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I wrote in about 4-hours ago and simply can’t get this inexcusable act of stupidity, crueliety and heartlessness off my heart and here’s why. I listened to that zoo director’s interview on PBS yesterday and I could tell the interviewer had a heard time trying not to show his disscust over the director’s so-called excuses; especially after the PBS guy rattled off all the groups, organizations and individuals who were willing to adopt him. And listening to that director’s reasons for not doing so only brought one thing to mind for me – he’s no better than Adolph Hitler. You remember him; another asshole who also tried to wipe out a gene pool, and guess what to all you supporters of this senseless act, in Hitler’s mind it too was a form of conservation.

    All I’ve got to say is what a load of crap Director Hilter is trying to push onto the World – and again I say God’s got a special place in Hell reserved for him and all those who condone such heartless crueliety.

  • Roberta Limoli commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    There is far to much abuse of animals at zoos/homes/shelters, people just don’t understand that animals should be free to roam. Marcus was a surplus animal and they were afraid of inbreeding at the zoo. I will not go to a zoo every again..I’ve seen how animals are treated in some smaller zoos, the San Diego, Cleveland and other zoos take care of they animals..I don’t believe that they would murder a healthy animal. rest in peace Marius..

  • Luz commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Estoy muy triste por la muerte de la pequeña jirafa , yo entendia que los zoologicos protegian a las especies , y lo que hacen es maltratarlas , eso esta ocurriendo tambien en otros zoos del mundo SERA QUE NOS QUEREMOS QUEDAR SIN ANIMALES ? SERA QUE QUEREMOS QUE EL MUNDO SE ACABE YA ?

  • johanna hattaway commented on February 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Is that at all zoos? I live in California and do they do that at the la zoo or san Diego zoo??

  • Darius commented on February 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Even though the Giraffe had bad genes, it wouldn’t mean that they could kill him that way and make a show out of the poor Giraffe’s killing and tearing it apart. This is indeed very sick, very ugly and disgusting. Marius would have lived his life without any problem.

  • Richard Wissmiller commented on February 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I was appalled when I heard this story. It simply justifies my opinion that zoos should not be supported by anyone. I cannot believe the level of cruelty in this world and believe that the people who did this should be ashamed of themselves. The fact that the giraffe was kept in captivity, then destroyed when it was of no further use to the zoo was terrible enough, but then to give a public display of an autopsy and the feeding of its remains to other animals while people watched is horrific. One would think this is some sort of spectator sport! Disgusting, revolting, and wicked. Did no one watching think to stop this or say something? Surely there were other alternatives. Shameful!

  • Barbara Peterlin commented on February 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I am against the employees of the Zoo in Copenhagen, Denmark because they are murderers…..In spite of imbreeding, Marius was the youngest giraffe. The employees should be in jail because they did murder him. The employees should not work with animals because they are murderers. The employees of the zoo are very very very wrong to show the children when they were doing. I hate the zoos, circus, or events where the animals in especially, Marius was murdered. I cant stop thinking of Marius and cried this morning when I read the Chicago Tribune Newspapers. It is very very terrible. I know that his mother was looking for Marius when he was gone……Marius is in peace. Love Marius so much!!!!!

  • Danielle commented on February 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    You should all sign this petition to get rid of that Danish freak
    Fuck Denmark for letting this happen.

  • bill milligan commented on February 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    we teach our kids of the tooth fairy and Santa claus and the easter bunny but then show them the true nature of the wild. The wild, to me, is the unpredictablity of some people in charge and the inhumane ways of dealing with a problem with disregard to its outcome. First, since Bengt Hoist is in charge, a simple gate would have eliminated any problem since he knows nothing of biology. Since that did not occur, he could have, Second, sterize Marius and let him live out his days instead of showing little kids the “way of the wild”. The first thing we should is wildly demand his resignation. Bengt Hoist taught the kids something that will live in their young minds forever, hopefully, these kids will grow up to do the opposite of Bengt Hoist.

    • Samantha commented on February 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you.. Well written

    • Mr Stephen Pask commented on February 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      boycott denmark

    • Judi commented on February 13, 2014 at 2:09 am

      There comes a point when cruelty and injustice are sometimes brought to light by something as gentle, innocent and trusting as Marius……and it may be that because of the barbaric actions taken against him it has opened the door to a dark side of other institutions that many of us, being too trusting, now need to pursue. This is how we right the wrongs and improve and make better those things that go against basic human dignity. And when we as human beings see these horrific injustices then we have a duty to take a stand and do what needs to be done to make sure that this is not the norm, that this is not the sort of thing that decent, caring human beings accept or put up with. And because of Marius I believe that not only the Zoo that held so little value for this helpless, trusting creature that did nothing but bring joy to children, that even in his last moments trusted a human who tried to justify the brutality by giving him his favorite piece of rye bread and then shot him in the head…….I believe that in death he has now pulled back the curtain on perhaps many institutions that need to have a light brought upon them. And because good, caring decent human beings sees, then there will be changes….and fair or not…..hopefully the first change for the better will begin with this “Zoo” who has so little comprehension of why the entire world is so outraged……maybe some child, who has been brought up to value the life of something that can do nothing for them except bring joy will sit down with these adults and explain to them why Marius was so important and why what happened was so wrong.

  • Cathy Colins commented on February 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm


  • Mike Avery commented on February 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    The zoo humanised him by naming him “Marius” in their Theme Park mode as it suited them. When he was no longer required, because he was no longer a ‘cute baby’, they turned into an Abattoir and Science Laboratory. Right minded people are therefore quite justified to be confused and angry. The needless and misguided death of Marius encouraged me to search for animal issues in Denmark as they seemed genuinely shocked with the global outrage the zoo’s actions provoked. You will find, as I did, that it is a country that allows men to have sex with animals and has Animal Brothels. It slaughters thousands of whales and dolphins each year in the name of cultural heritage. As a society they seem to view animals differently from the rest of us. That is their prerogative and they are entitled to it within their borders. However, I will never buy a Danish product again or visit the country. That is my protest. If others follow perhaps Marius did not die in vain and their views, laws and customs will change. I will also join PETA today.

    • CindyH commented on February 12, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      This is wonderful information and as I was seriously thinking about traveling there it is now permanently off the table until drastic changes are made by the Danish people. And likewise will not buy Danish products (in fact I think our respective governments need to boycott all things Danish) and will do my best to help spread the word among my friends. Thanks for your post,

    • CindyH commented on February 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      …and in follow-up to my earlier post someone from the executive side of PETA needs to read this post carefully, conduct your own investigation and if information is accurate take immediate action on this kind of behavior and do a call to arms to get the word out and wage economic war and sanctions against the Danish. If any organization has the pull and power to do this it’s PETA and based on the support & comments at this site, the signed Petitions as well as the ones via the various news media sites I’d say your off to a pretty good start.

    • Ana commented on February 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I am 1000 behind you! Every single word you said.. They have died to my.. I will despise them until my very last day on earth..

      I wish could have done something for him..Sadly its too late..But this event will be alive in my mind forever…

    • Mike Avery commented on February 14, 2014 at 3:12 am

      Please please confirm the claims I have made about Animal Sex Brothels in Denmark and Whale and Dolphin Slaughter, in the Danish Island of the Faroes, by searching Google. Even their official Danish Government’s website has a blog that humorously refers to “Fish Porno”. They have serious issues about how they view animals that need challenging and correcting. Please check out the facts for yourself and make comments on the Copenhagen Zoo Facebook page. People around the world are reading this page. Danes are a proud people and are using this page to defend critical comments being made about the killing of Marius. If we galvanise perhaps we can challenge their views and change the minds of a few of them. Please do not let Marius be forgotten – keep his memory alive even after they butchered him.

  • Pat Warner commented on February 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I was angered and incensed to here of the senseless and hateful death of Marius. He was a trusting zoo pet who would have no fear of the brutal zoo keepers who slaughtered him. These people should be removed from contact with animals and punished for this horrific act. Either fire these people and hire humane, educated zoo keepers or shut down the zoo so as to protect animals from these demented humans. If the giraffe could not be used for breeding, give him to another zoo who would want him. The Danish people should take steps to ensure the safety of the animals who can’t protect themselves. Disgusting, reprehensible behavior.

  • Rosa commented on February 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Once and again I’m terrified by the things human beings are able to do. I’d like not to be part of humanity because it seems that this species enjoy cruelty. Poor dear one… those big and innocent eyes not looking anymore. I wish you all involved in this killing to suffer deeply till death. You deserve no other thing.
    All my love Marius.

  • Wendy Keelan commented on February 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I emailed the zoo asking why he could not come to England where he was offered a place in an all male herd so there would be no problem with interbreeding which is what they stated as their pathetic excuse for murdering him. Needless to say I received no reply. They are an absolute disgrace and I feel sick to my stomach knowing he was murdered by those he trusted. I never go to zoos. They only care about making money not the animals. I am so upset and disgusted.

  • Wendy Keelan commented on February 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    rest in peace Marius, there were people out there who really cared about you,

  • karina commented on February 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm
    • Peter commented on February 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Dear Karina,

      As one of those horrific People I would very much like you to stay away from Denmark since your present here would dramatically lower the overall general intelligence of our great nation. We already have more then enough of our own misguided people with regard to this matter.
      Please stay where you are and keep consuming away so that you can destroy the Nature faster.

    • Mr.Sir commented on February 13, 2014 at 2:43 am

      And where do you come from?

    • Janie commented on February 13, 2014 at 7:17 am

      I have written to the Danish consulate for whom you have provided an email address

    • Ana commented on February 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      The same.. I do not respect them anymore.. I will never visit this country, by its products..And I wish to be alive for witnessing the decline of their societyyyyyy. They are awful people indeed.. through this atrocious event I found out disgusting things about them…It raised my awareness..Sadly there is nothing I can do to help Marius…just crying and praying for him..

  • Stephanie commented on February 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    They invited people to watch them SLAUGHTER a healthy, baby animal then feed it to the lions. It was called a learning experience. Bullshit! You don’t slaughter a baby who lives at the zoo and is HEALTHY to “teach” people anything. All it teaches visitors is the human race is so barbaric it should be destroyed! I’ve been so utterly disturbed by this since yesterday, and god, I wish I could of stopped it!

  • Denise Marissa commented on February 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I’m absolutely sickened by this horrible, horrible murder of an innocent animal!!!
    Marius did not ask to be born, and if his existence was not in accordance with the Zoo’s policies, they should have prevented his parents from breeding.

    There is simply no excuse why he couldn’t have been given to a wild-life sanctuary–or even, God help me, another zoo somewhere. Anything would have been better than the complete disregard for his life that his captors have shown.

    Is this how we are to handle ‘unwanted’ children? Not fetuses, or embryos, but actual 3 and 4 year old children??! Just exterminate them because they’re an inconvenience or might display genetic defects. OMG this whole line of thinking is just the most horribly sick thing!!!!

    I agree with the poster who said they were hoping for an end to humans…We really as a whole are just a plague to this planet and the innocent inhabitants we mindlessly murder.

    Rest in peace little Marius… I hope one day your murderers reap what they have sewn.

  • sharmin ritterson commented on February 11, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    This is pathetic. It is a sad day because I am not sure how many of these so called human thinks.

    A baby helpless and innocent Giraffe got killed by mature human; then they butchered the baby Giraffe to feed hungry lions. This is plain cruelty beyond imagination.

  • Jaro Stulajter commented on February 11, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    🙁 bastards…. Marius RIP

  • Gulo commented on February 11, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Boohoo, a giraffe was humanely killed and it’s meat has been used to feed their animals. What a horrible thing to do..

    RIP all the thousands of healthy cats and dogs that PETA “murdered” and destroyed!

    • kelly mcdaniel commented on February 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Gulo, you are a heartless, unfeeling ASSHOLE. What we need in this world is less people like you! You will never understand how wrong you are. I pity you

    • Lisa Reed commented on February 13, 2014 at 7:21 am

      You’re clearly an uneducated, misinformed idiot who has absolutely no business posting your useless comments.

    • jackie patti commented on February 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Only a ignorant person would say that, because this animal was slaughthered not humanely killed. We are not cavemen they put on a show for the attraction for money, thats the bottom line. This director is nothing more than a frustrated scientist, this is NOT A SCIENCE CLASS ITS A ZOO were animals are there to be kept safe and for people visiting to be in a relaxed state. Your disgusting if you think this is the way a zoo should behave. Some people just havent evolved to be a compassionate being, your one of them.

    • Mike Avery commented on February 14, 2014 at 1:17 am

      He sounds like a Neanderthal. Look what happened to them!

  • Gabriela Patterson commented on February 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Un asesino así debe ir o al psiquiátrico o a la cárcel.

  • Pam commented on February 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    How can the parents have allowed their children to witness this butchery? I would be losing my mind over this!!!! Have these people not read of the relationship between torture of animals and serial killing especially when kids view this type of thing at a young age, and when approaching puberty??? How are the parents of these children that witnessed this not up in arms and threatening to sue this zoo?
    This event that the Copenhagen zoo put on is slaughter of an innocent animal AND they could have donated it to another zoo!! Sickening, disgusting & horrific.

  • Marc Creswell commented on February 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Let us not speak with idle words from overwhelming anger my brothers and sisters. NOW is the time to unite and take action against those who destroy our friends in the animal world. 1st a letter to the Prime Minister of Denmark, 2nd buy NOTHING Danish and speak LOUDLY to all Danes about what a reprehensible act this was3rd, Berate, humiliate and agitate all that even mildly condone zoos; it is up to us to put it in their faces and absolute destroy any argument they have. Lastly pray for that evil mans’ actions as a certain violent death shall be unleashed upon him.

  • Kaleb commented on February 11, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    The reactions to this I find to be completely hilarious, maybe even pathetic! Honestly people, what do you think happens in REAL LIFE? Lions can’t just go vegan like all of you activist. They are CARNIVORES, they exist to kill and eat other animals. Pull your head out and get a reality check!

    • nikki commented on February 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      The lions didn’t kill the giraffe. That was not nature. The point is that these sentient beings have been commercialized and industrialized and that is why you see these “hilarious” responses. I seriously doubt anyone expects lions to go vegan… the death of Marius was unnecessary. Killed by those meant to protect and nurture him as they had taken control of his life. It was not natural and you argument holds no water here.

  • Jillane commented on February 12, 2014 at 1:22 am

    If you have ever worked at a zoo, then you probably know there are many deeply disturbed, even seriously mentally ill, people working in the system including senior staff. They need to be removed from their positions and get therapy.

  • Jillane commented on February 12, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Morten, nothing like this happens in the natural wilderness. This was deviant behavior by disturbed people, and supporting your disturbed friends is not acceptable.

  • Anne commented on February 12, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I certainly agree that zoos are what they are and killing this giraffe was completely inappropriate and inhumane
    However I wondered how often this happens in all of the other zoos around the world. I imagine that in the USA it is done but is hidden and they wouldn’t dare show kids etc. I was glad that they at least shared the truth of what was happening so we at least know what they did to this poor giraffe

  • Roseann commented on February 12, 2014 at 6:37 am

    We allow the nazi to experiment unspeakable crimes on humans and now allowing the danish to carry out butchering on animals
    The danish zoo run by bengt aka dr.mengele is running animal death camp and we must stop him!

  • Roseann commented on February 12, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Marius your precious life was not in vain but one of joy that you came into a world which still has savages who are hell bent to destroy all that is wholesome and good.We will always remember that were here and keep you in our hearts.We tried to save earnestly.

  • Roseann Stapffz commented on February 12, 2014 at 6:54 am

    We must weed out those who continue to commit unspeakable crimes on the vulnerable..bengt hoist acted in disturbing and unacceptable manner in the protection and preservation of animals who suppose to care for and expose young children to graphic exposure.

  • Rob commented on February 12, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I listened to the zoo director and I have seen the photographs of what was done to Marius. I am overwhelmed that this animal faced what amounts to a public execution as he was being fed a treat by humans he trusted. The argument that the public needs to be educated about the realities of life and death is pathetic and an insult. We are daily inundated with horror stories of animal cruelty in our own communities. I have tried to believe that my local zoo which seems to show great care for its animals and provides them with new, creative habitats would never allow such a thing to happen. Now, I do not know what or whom I can believe. If PETA truly cares about stopping animal cruelty (and I am a member) then do something about this. Launch a boycott of the Copenhagen Zoo. There must be some way to force this zoo to reconsider its policies and its leader, who by the way, insists he will do this again. I ask PETA to lead a boycott of this zoo and its practices and to call this killing of a young giraffe exactly what it is–a crime of animal cruelty. I don’t believe PETA will ever find a more compelling story that will call its members to action. For the sake of helpless creatures trapped in butcher shops like the zoo in Denmark, do something, PETA!

    • CindyH commented on February 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      I agree – heard the same interview and frankly the guy is Wacko and has no business taking care of animals. He’s a butcher and his mentality in my opinion is no better to animals than Adolph Hitler’s was to people. Petition site to remove his sorry ass is:

  • MARVIN Alex Cohen commented on February 12, 2014 at 7:13 am
  • Allison M Kruse commented on February 12, 2014 at 8:19 am

    After reading so many comments from outraged citizens, and wondering why on earth?after receiving a petition from 30,000 people to stop this senseless killing, one comment caught my attention and made sense. Apparently this zoo director’s arrogance stemmed from a “pissing match with animal activists” and he was determined to show the world his scientific hubris. There was no urgency to get rid of this giraffe, and his excuse for not placing it elsewhere were weak and unsupported. Educating children how nature works? Sorry Mr. Holst, you cannot provide the same setting as the African wilderness by executing a giraffe who has no chance of survival, cutting it up and feeding it to lions who have been in captivity for so long, they have no instinct for a swift and quick kill. Educate children? Who care’s how many vertebra a giraffe has? Tell them what really happen’s to animal’s in captivity…wait! I think that is what all the fuss is about! Scientists creating artificial gene quota’s and culling the excess in the name of protection of the species…..

    • Claire Cox commented on February 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Well said,Allison Kruse.
      I agree wholeheartedly with your comments

  • Elizabeth Scott commented on February 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I am enraged by the horrific actions perpetrated in the murder of the giraffe Marius. It is unbelievable that this action in every aspect was allowed. This animal had the right to live in peace for the rest of its life. A zoo or organization would have bought or adopted him. This was a pure act of selfish zoo handlers who should never be handlers in any zoo ever again. It was and is a tragedy. With so many animals being destroyed in the wild we need to preserve all the animals we can in zoos and parks. I think it is a crime of humanity to have this behavior for any innocent animal. SHAME shame shame on you sick people at the Cpoenhagen zoo.

  • Soren commented on February 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    You can be against zoos, but the fact is there is a zoo in Copenhagen, with a population of giraffes.

    They have to be responsible in handling those giraffes. At age 2 (it was not a baby), the giraffe was overdue to leave the flock.

    Since their set policy denied them the possibility to accept the offers given, they went forth with killing the animal in a humane way. And please notice – the zoo was very clear on the fact that they could not sell the animal – since they do not consider themselves owners of the animals in the breeding programs. Their role is as protectors for the total population of animals within the entire breeding programs, and their long term welfare. It was not short term thinking, or speculation in cute animal babies.

    It had as good a life as the zoo could provide, and then where killed without any suffering on its part.
    And by the way – it was not publicly known that the giraffe was nicknamed Marius until they started talking about putting it down. I’ve been to the zoo a number of times the last two years with my kids, and none of us knew that the handlers had nicknamed the giraffes on the savanna.
    It is not a pettng zoo, and they do not try to disneyfy the animals.

    As to the dissection, this is a standard procedure in the zoo, where the public is invited. The children who were there were with there parents or guardians. I do not know why it should be the zoo that decides who are ready to watch.

    The link to children and serial killers someone made on this thread is just silly.

    Serial killers and psychopats are often found to have been cruel to animals in their youth. No one can say the opposite – that watching cruelty to animals is making you a serial killer. Besides – no cruelty was on display – it was the dissection of a cadaver.

    • Dane commented on February 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      You are so sick in your head. You try to justify the killing of a healthy animal which actually lived in that zoo for 2,5 years as educative reality show when in fact was not enough place and no wiling to transfer the animal to another place. Dissecting the animal in front of terrified children while their stupid parents were fascinating about the size of the animals neck as if these information cannot be find easily on the net. Not only the killing of the animal is disgusting, but it is equally disgusting the way danes do not understand the reactions of so many people who protest against this horrible act, more than this they try to convince you they did it for the education. They cannot understand the simple fact that an animal who was an attraction, who inspire elegance, with a certain size, who was part of a team cannot be terminated as a fly and then given to the other animals he shared the time and space with. it is lack of respect, understanding, is out of normal. There is no problem with the giraffe gene pool, only Danes gene pool.

    • Claire Cox commented on February 12, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      The zoo’s set policy denied them the possibility to accept offers given and being very clear that they could not sell the animal as they do not consider themselves the owners of the animals,blah blah blah. Sounds like ‘red-tape’ to me. In which case, what then gives them the right to kill a perfectly healthy animal that they do not own?

    • Mr.Sir commented on February 13, 2014 at 2:54 am

      You Sir, deserve a cookie.

      Only man in this whole thread speaking sense.

      Anyone who doesn’t see the logic of the points made here is in some sort of denial, or simply too naive to understand.

  • jacqueline gerviskas commented on February 12, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    stop this cruelity the devils not humans

  • Fisher Price commented on February 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Most people dont care. If you believe that eating plants is okay then you already believe that there is dominance in life. Just because some life has eyes doesn’t mean you have to protect it. I am all for eating meat. I eat hamburger, fish, pork, and chicken. You city people drive me nuts with all of your twisted thinking. Go to southwest kansas for awhile and maybe we can change your mind.

    • Ellie commented on April 21, 2014 at 2:15 am

      You are sick and way twisted. Do you like 2 pull off butterfly wings and shoot kittens ???

  • dominique haughton commented on February 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    It is extremely important that those responsible are fired from positions where they carry life and death power over animals in their care. I for one don’t buy the pseudo-scientific excuses, just beaureaucrats trying to cover their tracks, and I am being polite. A five year old would see through this. What we should expect is resignation, including of the veterinarian involved who should know better and a major apology to the world as well as a large donation in Marius’ name to a genuine giraffe protection charity.

  • Sara Wadle commented on February 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Another giraffe is going to be killed at another zoo in Denmark!!! With the same name – Marius!
    I´ve got the article in Danish!å-aflivning

  • CindyH commented on February 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Petition site to fire director but more importantly to close Copenhagen Zoo. Thank you Judy Storm for posting this so I’m reposting to bring it to the top…

    “There are petitions concerning closing the zoo at Think the one about Bengt Holst being fired closed with 120,000 signatures. Can’t sleep, eat, or think about anything but this giraffe, Marius. Just wish i had known about the petitions before the fact, maybe then it would have saved him.”

    • judy storm commented on February 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Cindy H. If a animal bit me I would be spanked as surely it was my own fault “What did you do to that poor animal?”, my parents were Danish. EAZA needs to be investigated and quickly put to an end. Still Mourning Marius, and very confused that this could happen, and in Copenhagen of all places. Thanks.

  • Tove commented on February 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    We have started a Facebook-site – “Boycot Copenhagen Zoo”. Please join! <3

  • Rebecca O'Reilly commented on February 12, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Slaughter of the innocent.All those involved hang your heads in shame
    Utterly disgusting.

  • Hannah commented on February 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Utterly appalled and visibly cried when I heard the news. As a member of PETA, I have written to Mr Bengt in Danish and English a very professional and measured letter requesting answers to each of my questions. I was utterly appalled.

    If I receive no response from my letter then I shall write until I do. As PETA’s values state, no-one has the right to persecute, injure or treat animals as secondary citizens. End of.

    At the same time, I have also written to Longleat Safari Park to their park director and have given up my annual membership of the park after the recent’euthanasia’ of lions and lion cubs.

  • Peter Als commented on February 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I’m a dane, vegetarian and have been an animal rights activist for several years. And I think this debate over a cute big-eyed giraffe is hysterical. E.g. in Denmark alone 25.000 healthy pigs are slaughtered EVERY DAY – focus on something like that instead. And yes I don’t like zoos either (that includes all zoos, not just the one in Copenhagen), but the giraffe was killed as painlessly as possible and the meat used to feed the lions in the zoo. Those lions (as well as predators in other zoos) have been eating meat every day all their lives – why is it suddenly a bigger problem that the meat comes from a giraffe?

    For those of you who are actually interested in hearing out some of Bengt Holst’s answers I recommend this interview:

  • Deb commented on February 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    This should not be happening & this practice needs to be stopped immediately. Every living creatures should be respected & valued…it’s one of God’s creations.

  • gian paolo vicentini commented on February 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    …. you whine for a single animal, while you’ re exterminating them by thr thousands in your “shelters”?
    SHAME IN YOU -.-

  • Tina guadarrama commented on February 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Lets be The animales voice

  • Chrissie commented on February 12, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    The Scientific Director Mr. Hoist is trying to defend the indefensible and is failing miserably.

  • Arielle commented on February 12, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    R.I.P Marius. I cried so ,ugh, why couldn’t they have returned him to the wild??? I can’t understand this incredible act of cruelty. They even turned down Yorkshire zoo who wanted him, it doesn’t make sense at all 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • Pta commented on February 13, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Lol, sick in the head retards. I hope same destiny awaits for those executors.

  • Joe commented on February 13, 2014 at 12:43 am

    They are planning to kill a second Giraffe also named Marius at another zoo in Denmark.

  • Mady commented on February 13, 2014 at 12:51 am

    This shocking act of unneccessary cruelty is a bloody outrage. Poor innocent defenceless animals are killed all over the world by heartless low life humans a total disgrace to so called humanity. Bastards! This particular story is disgusting the zoo owners should have the same thing done to them. More should be done globally to raise awareness of cruelty to animals and prosecute persons responsible for such acts of cruelty to beautiful animals. RIP poor Marius. xxx it brings tears to my eyes reading about this.

  • Ana Francisca Urrusti commented on February 13, 2014 at 2:37 am

    ¡No hay justificación válida para el maltrato!

  • Adam Temkin commented on February 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Isn’t PETA the biggest kill shelter of them all? Are they actually a shelter this week? Have they killed less then 95% of the animals brought to their shelter this week in 24 hours? Having an off week.

    Sinister misleading pot meet kettle.

  • joyce martha muentes commented on February 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Please help with stop this masacre close that zoo is a injustice and cruel kill animals Por favor Peta sigan ayudando a nuestros Animales q nos necesitan muy cruel lo de ese pobre animalito hagan algo q los del zoologico se sientan atemorizados por lo q hicieron para nunca mas nadie intente volverlo hacer

  • Eva Supply commented on February 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Why?!? This is a zoo! At least in the wild these animals have a decent chance! But this is their home, they feel safe there. They were born and raised there, they trust the people who “take care” of them. And then they shoot them in the head and feed them to the lions. This is what insanity looks like. I’ve never seen so much heartlessness!

  • Dhananjaya commented on February 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I can’t forget or forgive for this. This is a shameful act for the mankind.

    • night magic commented on February 15, 2014 at 4:20 am

      i am heartbroken over this !! to and they plan to kill another young giraffe please go to care .org to find the petitions to sign and voice your opinion

    • Lottie Dvorak commented on February 16, 2014 at 1:05 am

      I can’t get this horrible image out of my mind. How dispensable zoos seem to think animals are. They each deserve our protection…not exploitation. Just because this beautiful baby giraffe wasn’t considered “worthy” of life, the zoo “decided” to end its life. I am stunned and so very saddened. Man CAN be the cruelest animal.

  • Hannah commented on February 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    This is what has kept many wonderful animal species alive though. Many animals would be extinct without zoos.

    • Kel commented on February 14, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Quick question, why are so many species becoming extinct! Quick answer, humanity!

    • Roberto commented on February 15, 2014 at 5:34 am

      Please, share some examples. It must be an easy task.

      Also, explain how unnecessary suffering can be a reasonable way to protect anyone.

      If certain animals must be saved they should be taken care of in sanctuaries, not zoos.

    • friendbear commented on February 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      You call that living? Zoos should be banned outright. There are many conservation programs that can do that.

    • Els De Kerf commented on February 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Do you think the animals are happy because zoos ‘preserve the species’, if this is the kind of life they have to live, and these are the kind of things that people do to them ??

    • Elaine commented on February 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Killing a healthy young giraffe is not what keeps species alive.
      It is a travesty, and the zoo is teaching kids to treat animals as objects, to be thrown away.

    • Roxanna commented on February 15, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      All animal kind would be alive and not in extinction
      if we don’t tamper with them. Zoos as our fellows in
      PETA calls them are only PRISONS. Your believe is
      a total ignorance toward the reality of all animals in
      our planet. Please get updated and help us help them.

  • carol hamilton commented on February 13, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I never visit zoos or circuses and I think people should be educated as to the real reasons for these which is money!!!!

  • Peter Deelen commented on February 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    A Zoo is not a slaughterhouse because there happen also such terrible murders!!!!!!!

  • michael jones commented on February 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    fucking horrid heartless people!!!!!I hate the human race all we have done since we have been here is fuck up the planet and everything on and for that, a little more money in our pocket?. cant wait for a higher species to come and wipe us out 🙂

    • Yvette Herbst commented on February 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      I agree! Humans are monsters and do not deserve anything. Everything are about money and thats a shame for using and killing defenceless animals.

    • Alicia commented on February 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      I agree. There are so many heartless, inhumane and disgusting people (I won’t even call them human) out there. And you wonder why kids today have no respect for adults…look at the role models! RIP Marius. This country will be just like Russia, Copenhagen and all the others that condon this behavior.

    • Yvette Clay commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      I couldn’t have put it better myself, mankind is the biggest predator on this planet, killing animals, ruining habitats, experimenting on animals, and basically killing this beautiful Earth. When I watch documentaries on tv about animals and our planet it makes me cry to think what we are doing to it and one day there will be no animals left on this planet and God help us then.

    • barbara rogers commented on February 14, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Right there with you michael jones. I could not agree more! Man is a heinous, vile species!

    • Rocco commented on February 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      I agree these great animals animals are being abused by these fucken people who have no heart.

    • Julie commented on February 16, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      I reiterate these same words all the time Michael. The human race is the worst species ever to be born into this world. All we do is abuse, kill and destroy no matter what the species and all for the same reason over and over – Power and Wealth. It makes me sick and I too believe the human race should be annihilated which in the end will automatically happen because the planet cannot survive what we are doing to it. Whatever we do to others we are doing to ourselves.

  • maureen gilbert commented on February 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I am disgusted, why breed them.if they are not to be released or used for breeding anyway, this isnt in any way conservation, its murder.zoos that do this should be banned from any further breeding or lose their zoo licence.

    • Kel commented on February 14, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      I thought the same and then realized that they breed them because cute, little baby animals draw a crowd! It is all about the almighty dollar!

  • danna commented on February 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    i will never forget and i am hurt to my core. i will never visit another zoo again.

  • romi&sash commented on February 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    stupid people! can’t believe :((((( R.I.P. little Marius

  • Eddi Gregg commented on February 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    It is a shameful, heartless act. Zoos are horrible places for animals and I would only wish they didn’t exist and animals were allowed to live in peace in their natural habitat. I wish that everyone would take a stand about these issues, become more informed and take positive action so that animals, whether still held captive in zoos or out in the wild are protected and their habitat secure.

  • sandra buchberger commented on February 13, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    stop killing animals !!! let them live in their native habitats !!!!!

    S T O P S T O P

    • barbara commented on February 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      I absolutely agree with you…..but we need to stop destroying their natural habitat…many of these animals have little or no home to go to.

  • Emma James commented on February 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Shocking, just shocking.

  • Shirley Cofresi commented on February 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    What the hell is a “surplus” animal? What is wrong with people! How about we get rid of all those destroying animals anywhere for profit and call it ‘collateral damage’!

    Animals should never be captured and displayed anywhere!

  • Maz Roberts commented on February 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Close all zoos world wide, put all the animals in to protected conservation areas to live free as nature intended. Why do so many humans want to destroy everything that is beautiful?

  • Sergey commented on February 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    This zoo has lost the right to be called a zoo!! These people should not be allowed to approach the animal. Anger is no limit! Denmark – a country of murderers

    • Cathy commented on February 16, 2014 at 12:42 am

      The majority of Danes were very upset with this, so don’t start pointing fingers at the entire country. That’s not fair. I am a Dane and I am very much against what they did. So don’t you dare call me a murderer.

  • Koen commented on February 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I would love to do the same to the people who decide to do this en the people who actually did it. I hope you’re in a better place now Marius! R.I.P.

  • Joanne commented on February 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    What can be done to prevent other animals being killed like this. This is totally unacceptable behavior.

  • J.B. commented on February 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I’ve read PETAs article, and it reeks of dis-information.

    The giraffes in the CPH zoo do not exhibit the stress behavior mentioned in the article, their living arrangements are a fine example of zoo keeping, and although they live in a cold environment, they obviously thrive, since they often do mate and produce young.

    PETA is using the cute factor to bang their own drum, perhaps to get more visitors to their page, and donations. Instead of worrying about the fate of one animal in an exemplary zoo, why don’t they comment on the thousands of danish production swine that spend their life in miserable conditions, having tails and testicles cut off without any form of painkiller.

    The giraffes are very likable, and the educational value in this zoo is high. Visiting this zoo I have seen the giraffes mate, and have had the animal come so close that we pulled away from its large curious head. This cannot be compared to seeing a tv program.

    • raelene commented on February 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      i agree that this zoo appears to have ample room for the giraffes. but thats the only agreement i have with what you wrote. I believe Peta does inform people of the terrible conditions Swines go through as you describe. in fact I’ve learned it all from them… the fact that they wrote this about the giraffe is just another article about how man is cruel to animals because “they can” and how Peta urges us to stop catering to and putting money to zoos, who really don’t care as much about the imprisoned animals as they do about profits and attracting visitors. Peta spends plenty of time writing about alligators, swines, and other “non loved” animals so give them more credit for that.

      furthermore, just because an animal mates in a zoo does not mean it is living an “un-miserable” life. its in their instinct to mate. look at Orcas imprisoned in swimming pools their entire lives. they still mate, what little enjoyment they get out of life comes from mating i suppose. but they end up dying early of an unnatural cause. the same goes with Giraffes, they rarely live out a full life in a zoo.

    • Ray commented on February 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Are you then saying that you’re comfortable with how that poor giraffe was murdered?

    • Tama Flynn commented on February 15, 2014 at 1:34 am

      My confusion about this incident is why Marius just wasn’t neutered if the reason for his murder was just to stop his contribution to the gene pool. There was no reason for them to take his life.The cruelty exhibited here is cause for someone to be relieved of their job. AND children absolutely DO NOT require an autopsy viewing to learn about real life. That just added salt to the wound of stupidity.

    • Janet Rico commented on February 15, 2014 at 7:34 am

      Wake up J.B. It is not acceptable to keep animals confined so you can go see them in person. By a freaking airline ticket and go see them where they belong. In Africa you will learn how animals really are when living free. You are extraordinarily selfish. Unfortunately, you are not alone. Money from the self absorbed keep zoos and circuses operating worldwide. Entertainment over compassion. And yes, the pork industry is evil and plenty of people speak up about it. You apparently do not visit the websites of organizations that are trying to stop factory farming. CPH Zoo is behaving like a puppy mill. They keep the breeders and destroy those that cannot produce (money).

    • friendbear commented on February 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Then you WONT mind if we take you from your family lock you in a cage thousands of miles away from them and never let you out, for disgusting types like you to leer at, until you become surplus to requirement? Which imo you already appear to be?

    • Jacob Alexander commented on February 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      They could have donated little Marius to any other zoo in the world instead of killing and obtaining public wrath on them.

    • A.S. commented on February 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Seconding this. It seems so pathetic that everybody – including meat-eaters – is infuriated by a humane killing of ONE giraffe. It’s not like the body wasn’t put to good use what with using it for feeding lions. Also, lions are fed relatively often – is it equally horrible when they’re fed with cow or pork – or what about veal or lamb?

      Goddammit PETA, I want to love you but why can’t you be a little more reasonable?

      Great point about the Danish meat industry… Sad thing is that Denmark is doing relatively well when it comes to animal welfare compared to other countries. The meat industry is what should be making people angry! But not everyone is ready to become vegantarian…

    • Julie commented on February 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      I’ve read YOUR article and it reeks of IGNORANCE. You obviously have no more interest in animal welfare than I do in watching giraffe’s mate!

    • Liz commented on February 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      You don’t normally take your kids to the zoo to watch animals have their guts ripped out. These people are sick. I thought the Danes had moved on since the Vikings.

  • Mishti Rao commented on February 14, 2014 at 1:05 am

    I commit and pledge that I will never in my life visit a zoo & will never let my future generations to do so….
    And showing nature documentaries to kids is really a good idea witch I will definitely follow..

  • Dayna Dye commented on February 14, 2014 at 1:49 am

    How can we contact this zoo?

  • Karen Wescott commented on February 14, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Eddi Gregg, I couldn’t have said it any better myself!!!!

  • NATHALIE commented on February 14, 2014 at 4:59 am


  • Katy commented on February 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Why? This makes no sense.

  • Olivia commented on February 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I want this zoo closed!!!! Is there anything I can do to achieve this?????????

    • Alice commented on February 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm


  • L Nicoll commented on February 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I am really saddened by this poor animal being treated this way when he could have been spared. Why did he have to die like that? It seemed cold and callous. How can you care for an imal then put a gun to its head and shoot it. Inhuman behaviour.

  • Alice commented on February 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Zoos like this make me sick! The only 2 Zoos we ever go to we always check everything the animals have. Every enclosure is amazing and an inside heating system for animals used to warm climates. To think there are zoos who would kill a healthy animal is barbaric! Eurgh. What is humanity anymore?:(

  • Debbie commented on February 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    This is plain and simple murder. Need to close down this zoo. You do not treat animals especially a zoo to do such murderous acts.

  • Amber commented on February 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    My heart is broken. I can’t believe this could happen!

  • chris commented on February 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Absolutely disgraceful and disgusting, those responsible should be ashamed of themselves!

  • Cathy Sutter commented on February 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I am thoroughly disgusted with the human race. They are nothing more than savages as far as I’m concerned. Killing this poor, innocent giraffe sickened me. “Mankind” is an oxymoron.

  • shelley demelo commented on February 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    When I heard this it was horrifying that this could happen and people can be so cruel. Never will I go to a zoo again and will spread the word as well

  • raelene commented on February 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    no one has written or mentioned about the response of its mother. who surely saw what happened and is missing its offspring. horrible thing to do to a mother. any mother.

  • Cristina jimenez commented on February 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    This is wrong killing a baby giraffe and this poucher wonders why his getting death threats. They should feed that asshole to the lions!!! Im so mad and discusted at this Denmark zoo..

  • VICKY commented on February 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    This entire incident of killing this baby giraffe is horrific. Marius was slaughtered, skinned and chopped up in pieces, in front of children and adults, who stood there and watched. There is someting seriously wrong with a parent who lets their child watch such a horrifc act. This sweet, gentle young giraffe didn’t deserve such a barbaric death. Shame on Copenhagen Zoo! Your are not promoting conservation, but rather extermination!!!

  • shirley kovar commented on February 14, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    do you people have a heart? you should close your zoo forever. i cound’t believe this when i heard about this horrible incident. we don’t live in the dark ages. a big shame on you.

  • juliabarko commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    They are killers.

  • Diana commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    How disgusting that this poor animal died such a horrific death and the zoo put on a show for patrons and their children. Those that permitted this should be criminally prosecuted.

  • Art commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Murdering this animal is a proof of how sick and disturbed humans can be. This Zoo and all zoos’ in the world should be shut down. Animals should not be kept in captivity for us humans to go and see as if we would go sight seeing. They belong to their natural habitat and people need to live them alone. I am sick of people and how they treat animals. I don’t understand how people have claimed the right to dominate upon every other animal and deside on their fates. Things have gotten out of hand, everyday another murder, another act of brutality when is this going to stop?

  • Ray commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    One of our 623Life members posted this blog on our website which addresses the tragedy at the Copenhagen Zoo. We hope that no more giraffes or for that matter, no other animals are made to suffer that way. Here’s the link to it:

  • Ashleigh commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    This just makes me sick. I feel so terrible for this poor giraffe that did nothing to be killed for. Humans are disgusting.

  • Shelby Dowdell commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    So absolutely disgusting. Never will I go to any zoo.

  • Gessi commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Stop the violence, please for God save

  • didi magnin commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Marius! Poor baby, and the Copenhagen just euthanised him? Because he didn’t have the right genes, which suited Copenhagen Zoo? SHAME ON YOU

  • Christina commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Shame on all of you who stand by and come to work each day and ‘feel
    nothing’ for you did… and will continue to do. Every animal has the right to
    be there.. and because you feel this precious guy wasn’t good enough to breed..makes you worse then an animal. Your only concern to breed is.. so the zoo can continue to make profits.

  • rachel commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Why does peta have an issue with this when their shelters euthanize animals? Atleast the remains were used as well in this case.
    Not that I agree with what happened, I think it’s a disgrace to humankind – but it makes peta sound hypocritical & unreliable in their stances.

  • Genevieve Davis commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    This zoo makes all zoos look bad, and they should be reprimanded for their actions. But not all zoos are bad, The Australia Zoo in Brisbane takes in injured wild life and helps them live out a happy life while helping to show people the injustices of poaching and illegal animal smuggling. Most of their animals are animals that could not survive in the wild and would be otherwise euthanized by authorities. A LOT of zoos are starting to do this same thing, and are placing more focus on the conservation of wild animals and are not “prisons”. I think that there needs to be set regulations that they must keep to benefit the animals in their care but I know for a fact that 90% of zoos aren’t killing animals and aren’t hurting them. Zoos are very important for animal conservation, with out attending zoos as children many of the people who love animals and care about conservation wouldn’t care at all. Its at a zoo that I developed my deep love of animals, and as a zoo keeper in training myself I VOW TO UPHOLD THE HIGHEST STANDARDS FOR ANIMAL WELLBEING AND I WILL WORK HARD TO INSPIRE FELLOW HUMANS TO TAKE ANIMALS IN TO THEIR HEARTS AND FIGHT FOR THEIR SURVIVAL IN THE WILD

  • Olivia commented on February 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I do hope this will be sanctioned… they cannot get away with this, this is unacceptable.

  • Renee commented on February 14, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    This is brutality not conservation. This young giraffe could have been sent somewhere where his blood line is not, there is an entire world of zoos out there I do not believe his bloodline is in all of the them enough to be significant. Don’t get me wrong I do understand conservation and sometimes you have to kill to heal but I don’t believe this is one of those times and I certainly think that some drugs could have been given to his mother to abort as opposed to letting him live but only for a year and a half to be slaughter in front of spectators.

  • Nancy commented on February 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Shame shame

  • Sue commented on February 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I am heartbroken about this baby being killed I will never ever visit another zoo this was pure evil and should have never happen this animal was offered a home in Sweden and in Yorkshire but the director at the zoo would not even consider it shame on him what goes around comes around

  • Linda Carpenter commented on February 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I am heartsick over this murderous act that took place at this zoo. I saw this happening live from a video. And it made me so sick I had to leave the room. And the fact that the zoo creep did this entire thing in front of CHILDREN and their parents was cruel, ignorant and insensitive. They should have their zoo privileges taken away from them. SHUT THEM DOWN!

    I would like very much to have the contact information for this monster zoo, so I can tell them what I think of them.

  • Eva commented on February 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Yes, but be careful, what you wish for, dear PETA. I agree, but some of the animals in zoos are protected in wild just because zoos. Not by zoos, but who is carrying of wild population of giraffes for ex.? White men, mostly. Just because they are supported by European population. A lot because zoos. And, most of the people love zoos. Most of people haven’t even heard anything about your trying and you wanna stop it? Don’t be blind. Give people better example. Raise some money and make some reservation, for animals are typical for the country. Show people compromise. Show them, your variation is better. But don’t be wrathful, don’t blame people for “supporting” cruelty by visiting zoos. That’s no way. In the end, you wanna peace, right? Then smile, don’t spit.
    I believe, people would fall in love with the idea, make from zoos reservations with country’s animals. They could be given to the nature then. And people would have to travel for another species, and that’s good. Makes us realize the origin. At the end, we can learn from books and internet this age. All the “zoos”-reservations would be one big association-friends of animals, and would help reach money to poorer reservations (like in Africa or things like that).
    Nothing to do, people are just taking the space and animals have to adapt themselves. We need to take it from the right end. We have no time, need to act at last. We can give animals place to live wild, in version adapted on people.
    And believe, ppl would take it anyway.
    I have an idea: ally with another associations, like Greenpeace(?) and declare a big project: first find a good place (might be difficult, maybe) and reach the money! Then take volunteers and build with them reservation (bit simplified version). Would be OURS, WE would build it and i t would be amazing, not? Could be a lot of fun! And, of course, devise some funny and interesting educational program and… that’s it! Just give the people another choice next to zoos. That’s the first step.

    I know. It will need a LOT, LOT of hard work and trying. I know it’s not the way simple. And it would spend long years, just to do this. But, what else can help? Wanting people to stop going to zoos? Encourage them to act?

    But who else should act than us? I know I’m encouraging now you, but it is because you’re big association. All big assoc. united could make a really big different.

    You know, we wanna long lasting changes, that would stay, even when we won’t be here. And if we only save each individual animal (or group of them) by shouting and pressing… It is like buying a monkey from a black market. You save the monkey, but the market continues…

    We need to change peoples point of view.

    I mean it seriously. SERIOUSLY. Thing about that.

    Thank you a LOT.

    (write me, please)

  • Dana commented on February 14, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    How can we get a message to the Danish people regarding their callous, insensitive, downright vicious attitude towards animals? What Danish products can we boycott? Where can we send of blizzard of emails???

    We so need to start getting rid of zoos. “Destination” safari vacations are do-able worldwide, modeled after the African game preserves. It would never be like actually going to Africa. But so many animals could be spared an awful life in a zoo and given the opportunity to roam beyound the confines of a cage.

    J.B. I totally agree with the last part of your second paragraph.

  • Tiobe Barron commented on February 14, 2014 at 10:44 pm
  • Bessy Van Hoek commented on February 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    This is so awful, this shouldn’t have happened, this people can’t get away with it.

  • Vasco commented on February 14, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    What a bad image the Zoo gave to the country…
    I would not expect that from such country.

    Such a shame…

  • Lisa Scharin commented on February 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    This is abominable!!! How horrific and cruel!!!! What a sweet creature too! SOOOO SAD and heart-broken! So what about Marius’s Mother??? I am sure she is grieving and looking for her boy! How cold and evil! I am truly surprised! I thought people in Copenhagen were “forward-thinking”, kinder people!
    When will we STOP this killing and destroying of GOD’S creatures and creation???!!! I pray every night for it to END!!! I agree, humans are the MOST horrible species on this planet!! YES! How can we shut down ALL zoos!! Time to END circuses too!!

  • Sherron paasch commented on February 14, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    this is one of the most disturbing things I have read. What is wrong with these heartless people, we have a zoo that would have loved to have had this magnificent giraffe. shame on you, how can you live with yourselves.

  • Mike commented on February 14, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    From a Hsus. Post there is another Zoo in Deathmark
    Looking to do the same thing again.

  • Rocco commented on February 15, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I don’t like Zoo’s as much as I did few years ago and see that these wonderful animals in captivity. They should be in the wild and free.

  • Denise Carey-Costa commented on February 15, 2014 at 12:31 am

    There was no reason for this animal to die. There were other facilities willing to take this baby in.
    The way it was carried out in front of an audience of adults and children is beyond barbaric.

  • Kim & David Boisvert commented on February 15, 2014 at 12:37 am

    This was just uncalled for and plan
    mean!! Why did they kill Marius??
    Because of his blood line?? Really!
    They had other zoo’s that we’re willing
    to take him so WHY was he killed??
    So cruel and callous to do such a horrible
    act in front of Children and there parents.
    And you wonder why our society is so
    screwed up!!! God please help these
    sick individuals!!

  • donna white commented on February 15, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I couldn’t believe it when I had heard what Copenhagen had done to this young giraffe. And in front of the zoo patrons including children? How callous an act and what a nightmare for those poor children who will not be able to get this out of their head. Because of these selfish ignorant adults, these children are going to grow up with disregard for the value of the life of God’s creatures. Shame on you Copenhagen. Remember this. Karma can be a bitch.

  • Stephanie kollar commented on February 15, 2014 at 1:01 am

    All animals have the right to be here I love animals we need to protect them and and finds good homes for them so stop hurting animals

  • Luanne commented on February 15, 2014 at 1:38 am

    How can anyone kill a precious and helpless animal? There is something bad wrong in there head! So many heartless cruel humans in the world!

  • Luanne commented on February 15, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Obviously these creeps enjoy killing!

  • Kay Flockhart commented on February 15, 2014 at 2:11 am

    The people who did this should be fired. How could they skin the poor thing under the eyes of children. That was not a lesson for the children–as was
    stated–unless it taught children that people are cruel and cracy.
    No more zoo visiting–young children might wonder if they are next.

  • NAT KING commented on February 15, 2014 at 2:14 am


  • Jack L Dillon commented on February 15, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Disgusting….I would like to use some foul words to say how I feel about the idiots who made the decision to kill the baby giraffe…When are humans going to understand they are supposed to protect not kill God’s creatures…It breaks my heart that no one stood up for this poor animal…What does this say about the adults in this world? God help our children if this is what they have to look up to…

  • angie commented on February 15, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I just don’t understand why the didn’t let another zoo take him if they didn’t. Have room for him. This kind of thong is just wrong.

  • gloria taber commented on February 15, 2014 at 3:05 am

    This is inexcusable!! To destroy a healthy young animal because it’s useless for breeding is no excuse at all. I am an animal lover and to see an animal destroyed unnecessarily is beyond belief.I saw a clip abt this on our evening news and they showed kids watching this horrific event. That’s even worse!! That’s basically telling kids it’s okay to hurt and kill animals. That’s the wrong message entirely! I understand that ideally animals would be better off in their natural habitat. However, in this world of insanity, animals in the wild are being killed by poachers, hunters, trappers, etc, for reasons no better than this. As far as I’m concerned, we need zoos to protect these animals in case their wild counterparts are driven to extinction. Howevern, there is still no excuse for killing Marius just because the Copenhagen Zoo decided they didn’t need him anymore. Why not offer him to some other zoo? At least, that way, Marius could still be alive. R.I.P. sweet Marius. I pray for those unfortunate creatures who destroyed you!

  • Barry Dennis commented on February 15, 2014 at 3:41 am

    IS fhis the best we can do for Gods creatures…REALLY…

  • sarah commented on February 15, 2014 at 4:10 am

    A true loss. People have no idea the impact they are making

  • darlenaKureishi commented on February 15, 2014 at 4:40 am

    No regard for life. We wonder why people murder others (animals and people alike) in cold blood. Here is what you do-tempt another creature (rye bread) and get the creature into a vulnerable state-then murder them in cold blood all because they trusted you to give them food, a treat what ever.. Then cut up their precious body infront of young children. Justify it by saying that Marius was not good for breeding. Many people on the face of the earth with that credential. In one or two years later we wonder why these children go and murder someone the same way-and mankind gets up in arms-totally surprised. We can say and blame the zoo staff and we should but anyone who eats meat is handing out rye bread (torturing animals) and pulling the trigger on thousands of innocent lives.

  • priscilla caballero commented on February 15, 2014 at 5:29 am

    What a disgust this is.sick

  • Diana M Pope commented on February 15, 2014 at 5:47 am

    My heart aches for this beautiful animal. It absolutely sickens me! However, it doesn’t surprise me. We must remember that more than 90,000 male dairy calves are shot at birth every year because there is no market for them and close to one million male calves are raised and slaughtered for veal each year. These innocent animals deserve as much media attention and outpouring of compassion as this young giraffe. They are all victims of man’s cold-hearted abuse and it must stop!

  • Roberto commented on February 15, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Danes described as “hypocrisy” protests against the recent decision of a zoo in Denmark to KILL A HEALTHY BABY GIRAFFE.

    Hypocrisy is considering correct to inflict unnecessary suffering to ANYONE.

    That baby should NOT be there. NOR THE LIONS that were fed with the remains of his body. NO animal should be. People, including children, should NOT be there to watch the baby’s body being cut as in a “SHOW”.

    Any minimally BALANCED person would be against to having fun with UNNECESSARY SUFFERING. They would, if they ever thought about it.

    Managers CHOOSE to treat the zoo animals like INANIMATE OBJECTS. They deprive them of freedom and keep them alive in unhealthy conditions, until they lose their usefulness, like happened with that baby.

    Zoos reinforce the idea, especially in children, that animals can and should be used as inanimate objects.

    Numerous animals are imprisoned, tortured in various ways 24 hours a day, in GEARS moved by suffering, death and commercial interests.

    We will see the day when zoos are viewed as REMNANTS OF BARBARISM in our civilization.

  • zb platil USA commented on February 15, 2014 at 7:17 am

    this is terribly a BIG SHAME for the zoo authorities of Denmark. i demand this zoo to be CLOSED in a timely manner. this is inhumane. i was thinking the killings in Europe stopped already………. CLOSE THIS ZOO AND SAVE THE INNOCENT ANIMALS FROM DANISH ZOO KILLERS.

  • Zimboy USA commented on February 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Zoo’s are supposed to be the best way to see the animals in their own sorroundings and NOT TO BE KILLED. it seems Danish Zoo authorities are breeding for profit then kill if they can’t produce the way they expect…… CLOSE THE ZOO NOW AND STOP VISITING DENMARK FOR TOURISM.

  • TANIA SMUTS commented on February 15, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I can’t forget or forgive for this. This is a shameful act for the mankind.

  • Janet Rico commented on February 15, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I have been to more zoos, circuses, Sea World, etc over the years than I can count. I enjoyed seeing animals up close. They are awesome. But the days of ignorance are in the past. There simply is too much evidence now that keeping wild animals in these unnatural environments is harmful to their well being in the long run.

    Animals like giraffes, elephants, lions and so on naturally roam vast areas, many miles. Even a large enclosure is not large enough. Zoos cannot provide the land and least of all, cannot allow the animals to roam to the far reaches of a large enclosure where the ticket buying public cannot see them. Zoos have to deliver what the ticket buyer came to see, so there is great financial dis-incentive to actually provide appropriately-sized enclosures.

    Zoos keep breeding animals because cute babies draw in the paying-public but none of these animals are allowed to live out there lives in tranquility. Space is needed for more babies. So the vicious cycle of purging the existing animals continues. Some get lucky (for lack of another term) and are shipped off to other zoos, others like Marius face a far more cruel end. If CPH Zoo was operated by ethical people, Marius would have been allowed to live out his days even if he could not be used for breeding. But zoos are cold, calculating, money-making industries where no portion of the profit can be spared to feed the less-than-perfec such as Marius.

    I urge everyone to speak up with your money. Do not visit zoos, circuses or marine wildlife parks. Don’t go to see movies that use wild animals. Explain to your kids why it is not okay to go to these places. There are places that you can take children to see wild animals and be a part of the solution at the same time. Near my home, there is a seal and sea lion rescue organization that rehabilitates these animals and returns them to the ocean. The public is permitted to view them and all donations are used for their care. Look for places like this in your area. They could really use your money.

  • Sameer Hafiz commented on February 15, 2014 at 8:07 am

    boycott all zoos. there is nothing more powerful to humans than greed. animals at least are above us.

  • Colleen Frasr commented on February 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

    That this act of utter violence was tolerated by Danish society is a sign of grave sickness: how a society treats its least powerful and voiceless inhabitants speaks loudly about who they are. And here they are heartless capitalist killers. If the imprisoned creature cannot generate more progeny or funds, they he is to be killed.

    What a despicable world we are to allow this to occur. Zoos are Hell Holes for animals and after that, they are murdered. Amore highly developed species should overrule us and remove us from Earth while there is still something worthwhile remaining.

  • C commented on February 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

    The more I read about this poor beautiful animal the angry I get 🙁

  • veronica commented on February 15, 2014 at 10:07 am

    This is just inhumane and cold blooded! Is this necessary???? Why do this? Take it back to the wild! Nd whtevr happens in the wild STAYS in the WILD! Understand??? Geeeee, so humilated w soooo much killing of sensless animals! I cannot imagine wht they r going thru locked up in cages, they kno somthing BAD is abt to happn to them, nd they can’t even gt out! Its NO wondr why this world is coming to a FLAT END

  • gordon bridger commented on February 15, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Disgusting human beings!

    I will never forget the picture of his beautiful long neck lying on the ground dead.

    German officials should be ashamed.

    Have you learned nothing about killing innocent lives! FOOLS!

  • Valentina commented on February 15, 2014 at 10:54 am

    It’s a crazy thing!

  • L.D.Zafar commented on February 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Pathetic excuses for human beings…You can tell how really civilized a country is by the way it treats their animals….What does this show the world what kind of inbreeds you really are. To do this to such a beautiful creature. You have no right to take its life, there are always other ways. You were its judge, jury, and executioner, One day, all those involved will meet their reward when it comes around to them in ways you will never have imagined, it is only a matter of time before it does, and mercy will turn its head.

  • Jean Wykes commented on February 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

    What a pity we can’t wipe out undesireable humans as easily.

  • Antonella Bacchini commented on February 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Non siamo Dio e non possiamo decidere arbitrariamente della vita di altre creature! Smettiamola di uccidere gli animali, solo perchè sono più deboli e indifesi.

  • Tamara Walcavich commented on February 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    How can people contact this zoo and how can
    we open awareness here in the states
    to these kinds of horrid acts on animals.

  • Sandy Rigdon commented on February 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    This act has made me sick! God gave us this beautiful earth and these beautiful creatures and all we seem to do is mess it up??? You can tell a nation by the way they treat their animals…What a shame..protect their habitat and leave them alone like God intended.

  • Richard Fong commented on February 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Shameful! Shameful! Shameful! This zoo should be closed or the director replaced with someone more in tune with the needs of animals. Each animal is an individual in need of kindness.

  • Cristina Magill commented on February 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Shame on you Denmark zoo,disgusting crimnal activity to kill such a beautiful innocent animal,despite protest of thousands of people try to save the giraffe.How can you look in his eyes and kill him,defying all animal lovers?And inviting other to watch?You are insane and shame on those parents bringing their children to watch such a horrible crime!!!!

  • Helene commented on February 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    It is absolutely cruel and absurd, never should such shameful actions be able to take place anywhere. I truly pray that humanity will wake up and open their eyes to that animals are also living beings.
    I am chocked to hear that decisions like this exist in our society. Who on earth can just decide that a beautiful spark of life are not worth existing just because it can not produce off-spring? Just wake up and think, all of you who are involved in decisions of this kind…. Just stop and feel for a moment and let your true self and your heart make that decision, I am quite sure it will be different…. when you start feeling…. Enough of cruelty against animals!!!!

  • Arlene commented on February 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    There is another beautiful giraffe in another zoo in Denmark [shocking] ironically also named Marius, that is destined to receive the same fate as the first Marius!!! This is standard protocol for this Country, and they are not alone in the barbaric practice! We have a very famous zoo in our area that back in the 1990’s they were selling their “extra baggage animals to” gaming ranches” in Texas! They were exposed, and since [so they say] have stopped selling these beautiful animals to be slaughtered! The laws need to change, and we need to get the media more involved to expose these “torture chambers” to the public! If people are aware of what is really taking place,we, the people, will make the needed changes!

  • caren commented on February 15, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Shame on them !

  • caren commented on February 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Its an out rage What gives them the right to take a life!

  • Rocco commented on February 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Zoo’s have never treated these animals with care or love. These animals should be left in the wild were they can enjoy there lives with out being abused by these non human people we live with.

  • Geomare Aviles commented on February 15, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Abominable, barbaric people!

  • Martha commented on February 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I also agree. Exploiting animals for personal gain is one of the worst errors of the human race. Torturing (for testing or science) and killing (in this instance) for the sake of space is cruel and unnecessary. We must continue to fight these acts in anyway possible.

  • Julia commented on February 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I will never support a zoo again. And many people say “without zoos, these animals would be extinct” I say that it is called natural selection. Some people poach and kill animals for their valuables, and I do not call that natural selection. Instead of taking in exotic animals that are being “saved” from the unnatural poaching, they should just make a law against poaching and keep a strict eye on the lands that this act happens.

  • Dayna Dye commented on February 16, 2014 at 2:00 am

    to JB

    PETA does write about factory farmed animals.

    Like the woman in the story when asked why she threw the starfish on the shore back into the sea when there were so many others who would die, “It matters to this one.”

    “Any man’s death diminishes me,
    Because I am involved in mankind,
    And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
    It tolls for thee.: – John Donne

    In a way, all deaths diminish us, not just “any man’s.” And while one can appreciate the up-close encounter with animals that zoos offer, are animals here for us? It is my opinion that they are not here for my entertainment, but to live their own lives in their own ways. This precious creature didn’t ask to live in a zoo.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and God bless.

  • Carl Hoffmeister commented on February 16, 2014 at 4:29 am

    So what if the Giraffe was useless for breeding ! You couldn’t find other meat or pet food to feed the Lions. What you did was STUPID and Cruel !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sheryl commented on February 16, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Yes,i;m getting sick of this ,killing animnals for your fun games ,of hunting and killing the baby,and the killing of all the animals are so uncanning that Fathers let their kids go hunting ,STOP THE KILLING AND JUST MAYBE WE ALL CAN WORK TOGETHER,so lets do that

  • Sandra Parshall commented on February 16, 2014 at 5:14 am

    The grisly spectacle of Marius’s execution and what followed makes Denmark look like a nation of monsters. What kind of “scientists” do such a thing? What kind of veterinarian puts a gun to the head of a healthy young animal and kills it rather than insisting that he be allowed to find sanctuary elsewhere and live out his life in peace? What kind of people take their children to watch a beloved animal being killed, butchered, and fed to lions? Now another Danish zoo is set to kill another giraffe, also named Marius, to “make room” for a female. That zoo’s director finds it “amusing” that both giraffes have the same name.

    But please don’t damn all zoos because those in Denmark are run by heartless people who should never be allowed near animals. Yes, many zoos are dreadful and should be shut down. But some, such as the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC, are seriously dedicated to saving endangered species. The NZ has indeed been part of breeding programs that released animals in the wild. And while I believe that animals such as elephants, cheetahs, and tigers don’t belong in zoos, I sadly accept that these species are being slaughtered by poachers in such numbers that they are safer in well-run zoos than in the wild. If humans don’t change their lunatic behavior, we will soon have none of these animals left outside of zoos.

  • Sherron paasch commented on February 16, 2014 at 5:30 am

    There is no forgiveness for this kind of behaviour. It is unforgivable!,,

  • Suzanne Powis commented on February 16, 2014 at 9:55 am

    How on earth could something like this ever happen? Is this a regular occurrence at any zoo? Why in the name of God was this even considered let alone sanctioned? Zoos are supposed to care for the animals and protect them aren’t they? Just what is going on behind the scenes at zoos? Surely there are rules and regulations governing procedures? I just can’t believe that any life no matter what form it exists in could become surplus to requirement??? Just when you think that Humanity is making a come back. Please please please lets take steps to ensure that this never happens again. I hope that this and any other incident like it will be fully investigated and those responsible are punished severely. How do they sleep at night? Shame on them and shame on any other zoos that have policies like this.

  • Rachel commented on February 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    The article fails to mention that several other zoos and wildlife parks in Europe did offer to take Marius to save him from being destroyed.

  • Liz commented on February 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm
  • Liz commented on February 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    There are several online petitions calling for the dismissal of Bengt Holst and Lesley Dickie. They have caused consternation among conservationists trying to protect giraffes in their natural habitats in Africa. This action gives an encouraging message to poachers and farmers to kill giraffes at will. Just google the names and the petitions will show up.

    • CindyH74 commented on February 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Here’s the petition link to close the zoo and after you’ve signed feel free to run searches within the site to sign other petitions (on of which is to fire the butcher-director’s butt):

    • CindyH74 commented on February 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Couldn’t agree more. One real good way we can fight this kind of barbaric cruelity is to join forces and hit those butchers where it hurts the most in their pocketbooks. Boycott any & everything Dutch; Write to your lawmakers in Washington asking for economic sanctions and also sign the online petition to shut them down:

      Petition site to close Copenhagen zoo is:

    • Doride Jansen commented on February 27, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      I agree from the bottom of my heart and signed the petion to help taking action against that zoo in Copenhagen. Copenhagen however is Danish. The “Dutch” come from Holland (in case of “boycotting”). Believe me I will look much more critical to those horrible animal prisons in my country too now.
      Good luck in animal liberation!
      Best wishes from The Netherlands,
      Doride Jansen

  • Dianne Nezgoda commented on February 16, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    God bless the beasts….

  • Kathryn wilkinson commented on February 16, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I have been living in an unreal world for my fifty six years and only now do I start to relies what the zoos are up to its just a money making racket to line the owners pockets.

    How disgusting. I will never go to a zoo again.

    I am so sad for these animals. Glad you are out there to help them.

  • Julia commented on February 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    It’s just a shame!
    It reminds me the Hitler times when fashists killed the “wrong” people…

    Shame on you Danmark!!

  • Judy Reina commented on February 17, 2014 at 2:31 am

    This incident has caused me to loose many nights of sleep. It saddens me to my very cord. What is worse, it seems there is nothing that can be done. Animal abuse is so widespread and seems unstoppable. The human race is so vicious and sadistic and I feel this is world wide. Humans will wind up destroying themselves from within! RIP Marius, you are not forgotten.

  • Edna Kampe commented on February 17, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I will never visit a zoo again. Thank you PETA for opening my eyes to so many horrendous acts of animal abuse and murder….I am sad and disgusted.

  • Maria Bertrand commented on February 17, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Animals are not our property. Let them live free.
    I WILL NEVER VISIT A ZOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Defne commented on February 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    People say putting an animal into a zoo is saving them from whatever, they don’t do it to ‘save’ them, they do it for the money they earn from people stupidly staring at animal, when I was small I used to beg to go to the zoo because I loved animals ever since, now I’ve lost all interest. The best way to ‘save’ an animal is put them in a wild life centre, a wide area with a fence around it, only with their SPEICE and other animals that won’t hurt them, this is sad, truly cruel, murdering an one year and a half old foul just because it can’t breed, SHAME on you Denmark. This must stop.

  • barbara commented on February 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Teraz podobny los może spotkać żyrafę z kolejnego duńskiego ogrodu. Decyzję podjęto, bo jak tłumaczą jego przedstawiciele, nie ma tam już dla niej miejsca. Podobnie jak w przypadku Mariusa, krakowskie zoo próbuje uratować zwierzę. Dyrektor Józef Skotnicki zaoferował pomoc i chce przygarnąć żyrafę z Półwyspu Jutlandzkiego. Jednak niewiadomo czy propozycja spotka się z zainteresowaniem

  • Rajini commented on February 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Yes, I agree We should not visit Zoo’s but instead go and see them in wildlife parks if interested, all these Zoo’s are mostly commercial for just making money, the animals are living in prison at Zoo’s.

    Humans worldwide take animals for granted and abuse them in any way and every way that is possible. Thanks to PETA for bringing the facts to people like us who care about animals and are willing to do what ever we can to make animals not suffer.

    • Wowzers commented on February 25, 2014 at 3:05 am

      Don’t forget that PETA (of all entities) should stop abusing animals!

  • Cheryl commented on February 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I love giraffes. I always have, since I was a small child. I have always thought that they were some of the most beautiful animals on the earth. Watching them run, or just stretch up to eat something off of a tree, or gently bending down to drink water, is a captivating, beautiful sight. They are gentle creatures. And, they do not kill to eat or stay alive. I just can’t believe a zoo did something like that. I thought zoos were places where people went to look at the creatures that God put here on earth. I hope this story reaches every ear so that this crime against animals will never be done again. I will never go to a zoo again.

  • Charlene commented on February 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I was sick to my stomach when I opened up my newspaper and saw a picture of Marius lying dead with a group of spectators looking on. The vet (really) was holding the knife that he was going to butcher the giraffe with. It was so disgusting. What parent would allow his child to witness such cruelty.

    Marius could have been sterilized. He could have been sent to a sanctuary. Murder is unacceptable.

    Denmark is not on my list of countries to visit any more.

    • Emma commented on March 29, 2014 at 12:18 am

      And yet all lions are murderers in the wild.

      • Langer commented on March 1, 2016 at 1:37 am

        Yea well lions at least have good reason to kill the giraffe. Marius could have been sent to a sanctuary or even just released, when at least he could live a little longer. We humans are the monsters who kill these endangered species for money and fame

  • KIM RIZZO commented on February 18, 2014 at 1:29 am

    this is just so horrendous…especially when there were other options to relocate that poor sweet animal!! I really shudder to think what will happen to all the animals in zoos when we stop going to them…there will be no income to feed them…what then??? will they feed them to each other or how about we feed the ridiculous idiots who make these decisions to the animals in zoos!!!!

  • Judy commented on February 18, 2014 at 3:01 am

    I will never visit a zoo that kills animals. One day we will have no animals in the future. Marius sweet dreams xxxx

  • Sidath commented on February 18, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Animals have their own world. We have no right to interfere with this world but to interact peacefully and co-exist. Unfortunately, humans have become monsters. God, please help!

  • Citizen commented on February 18, 2014 at 5:05 am

    A pathetic and cowardly act by people who think they can do anything. Shame on the people who did the and we part of the decision making. I think if they looked closely they would have definitely seen some incest in their own homes or society that needs to be addressed rather than killing innocent animals. Pathetic and shame on you.

  • Tammy Wood commented on February 19, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Actions speak louder than words. We need to organize a party to take these responsible Hitlers permanently out of commission. An eye for an eye.

  • cassandra commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:57 am

    disgusting and brutal why would anyone even think about doing thus to a perfectly healthy animal of any type. it make you feel ashamed to part of this race.

  • Olivia commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I posted my opinion about this sad act on the zoo’s facebook only to receive disturbing comments in which they try to explain me why this was perfectly OK for that zoo to do and that they are just following eu guidelines etc… It is so sad…

  • Elaine Fogarty commented on February 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    The image I saw of this scared giraffe who knew its fate left me and many others disturbed. Worse that a Zoo employee allowed this hideous murder to take place and in front of small children left me cold. How dare Copenhagen Zoo be allowed to carry out this heinous animal abuse in the name of ‘selection’! The only way they are now viewed by many is that they are on a par with the world’s atrocities of culling! I hope that they are shut down, animals there are sent to caring sanctuaries and Copenhagen government wake up to the fact they are not living in the past where butchering animals was the norm. How dare they think this is ok. Despicable and shameful.

    To all of the parents who brought their small children to witness this, You are a disgrace to humanity and are devoid of moral fibre as is your Countries ethics.

  • kim quade commented on February 23, 2014 at 12:28 am

    THIS IS RIDICILOUS!! these poor animals..cant just be left to die of old age.girraffes are so majestic and beautiful…and now..nothing…
    this girraffe was a baby..couldnt of been that big of a meal for the lions..ridicilous…now they gonna kill a feed a rhino?? sounds like this zoo is about to go under..i say all AMERICAN ZOOS need to save these poor animals..if they did it once..theyll do it again..

  • CindyH74 commented on February 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    In loving memory of Marius and to stop all future events like this from EVER happening again I beseech each and every animal lover out there to take a positive stand against such barbaric cruelity & boycott any and everything Dutch.

    What you can do for Marius is to PLEASE sign the Petition to fire the butcher director & help to close down the Copenhagen Zoo:

    See the following articles:

  • isabelle marie anguilm commented on February 23, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    So sickeningly! You all should be ashamed for such disgusting acts of inhumanity… Its one thing to put down an animal who is ill but a healthy one and then to slaughterhouse him? I find it even worse to make it a show for people during the lion eating frenzy… My question to the supposed caretakers did you feel bad luring this healthy animal into a room to be put down? May god punish your souls!!!!

  • Olivia commented on February 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm
  • Yvonne Olman commented on March 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    It is disgusting what they did. But it does not surprise me of Denmark, considering their annual slaughter of dolphins and whales:

  • Pia Hachem commented on March 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Call yourselves animal protectors, animal conservationists? Unfortunately, Zoos are just animal prisons, I think criminals in human prisons are treated with much more respect and dignity than how staff, in this particular Zoo in Copenhagen treat their so called precious animals. IS THIS ONE TACTIC THIS ZOO USED TO SAVE MONEY, AT THE EXPENSE OF THIS YOUNG GIRAFFE’S LIFE, SHAME ON YOU! If animal welfare is not the number one priority in places such as Zoos, then they should be closed down and animals re-homed somewhere they will be treated with dignity and respect, and allowed to live out their natural lives in an habitat the same as they would be living in the wild, or at least as close as possible, if there is no safe way for them to be returned to the wild.

  • BROWN-JONES commented on March 12, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Marius could have been saved and moved so SHAME on you all!

  • Ingrid Scholten commented on March 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I will never visit a zoo that kills animals.

  • Emma commented on March 29, 2014 at 12:14 am

    The thing I find a little bit difficult about this is that the food they feed the lions is already dead meat anyway… Who is caring about those animals here? Does it not occur that killing the baby giraffe is just as bad as the lions everyday meal anyway?

  • Emma commented on March 29, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Do feel sorry for Marius though…

  • Tammy Wood commented on March 29, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I would like to encourage you to boycott all Danish products and tourism. The Muslim web sites have boycott lists, as they are already boycotting them. Several that I know of are Danish butter cookes, Danish furniture and Shell oil company.

  • Rosie commented on April 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    This is horrible to read.
    But does highlight one question.. where does the lions mean normally come from?
    Are the animals they are normally fed bred to be killed and eaten?
    Does anyone know?

  • Greg Stayart commented on April 6, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    You are absolutely correct to boycott Denmark and Danish products to avenge the murder of Marius and the four lions. Philips Electronics is a Danish company which makes Norelco razors. Boycott all Philips Electronics and Norelco products. Also, boycott Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, the Shell Oil Company, and all the Danish products listed on the Muslim websites. Also boycott Lipton Tea, which is a Danish company. Boycott Ocean Spray cranberry juice and Ocean Spray cranberry-raspberry juice. These are just a few of the Danish products to boycott. Marius must never be forgotten. We must shut down the evil country of Denmark and all their evil zoos.

  • Mike commented on May 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    So what! Lions have to eat too. You guys are a bunch of self righteous idiot.

  • LUCAS commented on May 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    dear PeTA there are no local animal shelters where i live and i REALLY want a rabbit like REALLY the only place to get one where i live is a (gulp) pet store what should i do i can get rabbits online on a website called pets for homes where you can buy a rabbit or any animal for that matter from dogs to goldfish you can get them from different owners or animal shelters but i feel weird buying living things online like animal ebay only you have to go and collect the animals yourself

  • Chiara commented on July 24, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I can’t forget this terrible thing. I ‘ll never go to Denmarck. This thing sucks!

  • delaney commented on December 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    That is the saddest thing I have ever heard. They should be a shame of their self

  • Vivian commented on May 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I honestly hope that all the people going against the euthanizing of Marius are all vegans/vegetarians.

  • Shelly commented on October 27, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I love those excuses… while humans breed and over populate uncontrollably, and cause so much damage… why the hell not just slay some of the zoo staff to make more room.

  • Samuel Desta commented on February 23, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    So what if Marcus was considered useless for breeding. That still doesn’t give them a right to kill him. He was only 18 Months old. 18 MONTHS!!!!!

  • Arlene Esculano commented on April 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Of course all zoos should be shut down, it is painful to watch how innocent animals die, little by little because of bad if any, professionals with them and not taking the correct care of them, so badly needed. We must end this cruel constant treatment and a
    we must give the animals a better life, not death..

Post a Comment


By submitting this form, you will be indicating your consent to receiving e-mail marketing messages from us unless you have indicated an objection to receiving such messages by unticking the box above. You're also acknowledging that you've read and you agree to our privacy policy.