Jack Hanna Weighs In On Killing Of Giraffe


UPDATED: Tuesday February 11, 2014 9:36 AM

The killing of a giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo has attracted worldwide scrutiny.

People are signing a petition calling for the scientific director of that zoo to be fired.

Jack Hanna, Emeritus director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium weighed in on the situation:

"You know, Kristyn, I'm usually a happy person, but this is one of the worst things I've ever heard happen in the beautiful conservation business."

The director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, Jack Hanna, is trying to understand a decision at the Copenhagen Zoo.

A man in charge there ordered the shooting of a healthy, 2-year-old giraffe named Marius.

Then after a public autopsy, dismembered and fed part of the carcass to the lions, all while children watched.

The zoo called it educational, but Hanna disagrees.

"Give me a break. You come here with your children to learn to love God's creatures and appreciate them to save them.

You're going to shoot a giraffe in the head, cut them up after you show somebody how to love a giraffe. This is incomprehensible to me."

Protesters shared Hanna's outrage.

But the Copenhagen Zoo is standing by it's decision, saying staffers had to euthanize Marius to prevent inbreeding within the herd.

Other zoos had offered to take Marius.

But the director said moving or sterlizing him would have "taken up space for more genetically valuable giraffes."

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