Jungle Jack Hanna is so serious about his job he wears his Jungle Jack clothing at all times in public, even to attend church. I admire him and his work and agree with many of his opinions. His view on the wasteful kill of healthy animals is one of those.
Jack reiterated his and the zoo’s position on the John Korby Show on 610 WTVN Radio, He and his family had been awake all night after he heard about the culling of Marius the Giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo.
Marius was not a wild carnivore loose in a human neighborhood like the animals Jack helped control in Zanesville a few years ago. The giraffe was only a gentle 18-month-old, but the eldest of the youth, so he was killed for lion food. He was a crop animal
If there were “too many” of him, why did the Copenhagen Zoo not eliminate him at birth?Becuase he was a crop animal, killed when big enough.
Copenhagen staff speaks of natural parenting and animal life cycles, but tricking the animal with favorite foods and killing it is not natural. It smacks of poaching. Neither American nor Australian zoos cull healthy animals, according to the and their national associations’ written regulations.
Copenhagen Zoo did not participate in the “circle of life”. They turned it into a cyclotron.