For those who wonder how a “death panel” might work, the Denmark zoo provides a very vivid example. One that also serves to illustrate the dismay felt by pro-life activists who offer crisis centers and adoption outlets as a means to help pregnant women avoid abortions.
The Copenhagen Zoo went ahead with a plan to shoot and dismember a healthy giraffe on Sunday and feed the 18-month-old animal’s carcass to lions – an action the zoo said was in line with anti-inbreeding rules meant to ensure a healthy giraffe population.
The giraffe, named Marius, was shot in the head and then cut apart in view of children, according to a video of the incident released by the Denmark-based production company Localize.
The zoo’s plans had sparked an outcry from animal rights activists. A British zoo had offered to give Marius a home and even started an online petition to save the giraffe, gathering more than 25,000 signatures.
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