Jack Hanna Rips Into Copenhagen Zoo for Brutally Killing So-Called 'Surplus' Giraffe

'It's abominable ... these are creatures we have a responsibility for'

Jack Hanna denounces zoo’s slaughter of giraffe (The Columbus Dispatch)

A Denmark zoo’s decision to kill a healthy 2-year-old giraffe and then publicly cut it up and feed it to the lions has sparked a storm of international outrage.

“It’s abominable,” said Jack Hanna, emeritus director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. “These are creatures we have a responsibility for — to find it a home if they don’t have the room.”

Officials at the Copenhagen Zoo killed the male giraffe on Sunday because other giraffes with similar genes already are in the breeding program of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro said.

He said the association, which has 347 members, recommended that the giraffe be killed.

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