The story of Marius, the young and healthy giraffe who was killed at the Copenhagen Zoo as if he were a worthless object because he didn't fit into their breeding program, has generated global interest and outrage among a wide-ranging audience, including some who otherwise support zoos (see, for example this essay and). In many ways Marius's demise motivated a paradigm shift in how people viewed zoos and in getting people to actively protest their killing ways. Killing "surplus animals" is a common practice in zoos.
The zoo should have covered up killing Marius
I just received an email about Marius in which Peter Dickinson ridicules those who were offended by his murder. In his blog about Marius, and after ignoring alternative ways to have spared Marius's life and neglecting that a wildlife park had offered to take Marius, Mr. Dickinson writes, "I still support Copenhagen's decision. Perhaps though they should have just gone ahead and did the deed one early morning before the zoo opened to visitors." Oh my, isn't this a convenient way to get away with murder? And, what a horrific lesson for youngsters and others -- cover up the dirty deed and move on as if nothing happened. Thank goodness Marius's death was not done behind closed doors.