My official statement on the Copenhagen ‘baby giraffe culled, fed to lions’ thing.

I do not, in fact, object to a zoo giraffe being ‘culled,’ per se.Β  There was apparently a giant to-do over the entire thing; and while I understand the ‘save the cute baby giraffe’ impulse the zookeepers have a point: zoo animals have a bit of a genetic bottleneck situation going on.Β  And if you’re going to kill an animal, you shouldn’t just throw it away afterward. Lions, in point of fact, eat giraffes (when they can): it is not unreasonable thing to feed them freshly-killed giraffe meat.



Given my tagline and avatar, I retain the right to be slightly horrified at the idea of bringing the kiddies in to watch the giraffe get autopsied and butchered. You will all simply have to accommodate me on this.


Moe Lane

14 thoughts on “My official statement on the Copenhagen ‘baby giraffe culled, fed to lions’ thing.”

    1. No that is what the Lioness wants to do. The Lion is perfectly happy to be fed, in fact he *demands* it.

  1. It’s the ciiiircle. The circle of life…
    Yeah, I don’t see the big deal. There is nothing wrong with butchering an animal. And there is nothing wrong with children being exposed to it.

      1. Aren’t you supposed to hunt one down and drink its blood to gain that level of kinship? πŸ™‚

  2. Why not SELL the baby giraffe to a willing buyer, and use the proceeds from the sale to buy a whole shipload of meat for the zoo’s carnivores? Giraffe is happy, carnivores are happy, children are happy, new owner of giraffe is happy, zoo curators are happy, and the deceased meat animals are no more dead than they would have been had there been no sale — win/win/win/win/win/zero-sum.

    1. Put the baby giraffe in the lions’ den and charge for admission to see what happens – I imagine that would bring in far more proceeds (although baby giraffe is no longer happy).

    2. Because scolds were telling them they couldn’t.
      There are groups trying to denormalize the killing and eating of animals. Those groups need to be defied at every turn, and mocked incessantly.

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