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I cannot understand why they euthanised this poor animal. I understand their point on genetics, so why not neuter the poor thing so it was not able to breed instead of killing him.
The zoo had said on its website that it had no choice but to put Marius down. Under European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) rules, inbreeding between giraffes is to be avoided.
Stenbaek Bro says the zoo was recommended to put down the giraffe by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria because there were already a lot of giraffes with similar genes in the organization's breeding program.
The zoo said it had no choice but to kill the animal, who is thought to be aged around two. Under European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (Eaza) rules, inbreeding of giraffes should be avoided.
Stenbaek Bro said the zoo, which now has seven giraffes left, was recommended to put down Marius by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria because there already were a lot of giraffes with similar genes in the organization’s breeding program.
The Amsterdam-based EAZA has 347 members, including many large zoos in European capitals, and works to conserve global biodiversity and achieve the highest standards of care and breeding for animals.