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Petitioning Copenhagen Zoo Board of Directors

Demand Zoo Director Bent Holst Resign

Marius the giraffe was shot in the head because he could not be of use in the Copenhagen Zoo breeding program, despite public outcry and other organizations' offers to take him off their hands. After being shot in the head, Marius was butchered in front of a crowd of families, then literally fed to the lions.

Far from being receptive to and understanding of the public's outrage at this bloody spectacle, Zoo Director Bent Holst has absolved himself of any accountability, instead speaking and acting as though he is an agent of Nature, and his zoo merely a mirror of the African Savannah.

There are less than 80,000 giraffes left in the wild. Marius the giraffe was healthy, and young, just two years old. In the wild, Giraffes can live up to 25 years. He was robbed of the good life he could have had, if only he were not a captive of this zoo. These facilities have an obligation to their captives, to the public and to the natural world to do better.

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