The Copenhagen Zoo decided to kill the apparently healthy animal to avoid inbreeding among the animals there, despite other facilities offering to take it in. The giraffe was shot on February 9, publicly dissected and then fed to carnivores at the zoo.
A second giraffe was to meet a similar fate, but the zoo since abandoned its plan, due much in part to the outrage of many following the killing of the first giraffe.
Since then, Rose has posted a string of sarcastic jokes on Twitter, writing things like, "Just enjoying the lion's share of some tasty baby Giraffica sliders! Mmmmm! What'll them crazy Danes think of next!" and "Happy Valentine's Day! n' remember nothin' says 'I love you!' like a box of giraffe infused Danish chocolates!"
Early this morning (February 17), the singer took on a more serious tone for an essay on Twitlonger. While he admitted that he was writing as an "average person" and not an expert, he called into question the need to kill a healthy animal and to do so in such a public and gory fashion.
He wrote, "Just as it's a privilege for the public to visit, view and experience these animals it's also a privilege to work with and care for the animals and have the opportunity to do so while interacting and/or working with the public."
Read the full statement below:
Over the past week I've put out a few intentionally sarcastic tweets in response and calling attention to the killing of an 18 month old baby male giraffe named Marius by the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark.
And in that regard I think that without more information or a better understanding of not just how this particular breeding program works or why it's believed to be necessary and seemingly without room for exception or public opinion… to the average person it would seem that…
1.) Marius could have been spared and was a waste of a healthy young animal's life.
2.) The manner in which he was if not euthanized then disposed of seemed particularly barbaric, unnecessary and a vulgar or grotesque display of inconsideration and complete disregard for public sentiments adding a level of morbid spectacle and horrendousness difficult for most to comprehend by doing so not just in front of but for what seems some misguided or twisted sense of educational purposes for children.
3.) The seemingly cold and clinical responses and attitudes regarding this unfortunate event by those involved appearing to be somewhat defiant, arrogant and even seeming somewhat perversely satisfied with themselves and their actions going as far as to express "pride" in their decisions comes off as completely heartless in regard to the animals and seems extremely disrespectful toward the general public on this issue.
Perhaps their comments were taken out of context? Perhaps there's something lost in translation? I don't know that anyone is trying to say or act in this situation as if they truly know more than these particular or any professional animal caretakers or zoologists etc. but I do know that at present plenty of lay people worldwide do not understand or approve of what took place here. And again without more information and better understanding of the breeding program and why this was deemed the appropriate course of action this event seems misguided and a crime against the very nature those in such positions are thought to be involved with as protectors and caretakers of such animals.
One can attempt to justify these choices as those taking into consideration a bigger picture scientifically but in my view there seems to be more than one perspective to that picture and it would appear that adherence to such a rigid or strict nature of such clinical focus may be disregarding the public impact of their actions.
For most normal everyday people that love, care about and enjoy animals this event has been a tragedy. An unexpected, unimaginable and what for many is most devastating a seemingly avoidable horror show that somehow seems lost on the professionals involved and those speaking for the zoo a facility that's in my opinion thought to exist for the animals, the public, educational purposes and science in as best a sense of harmony as possible. Just as it's a privilege for the public to visit, view and experience these animals it's also a privilege to work with and care for the animals and have the opportunity to do so while interacting and/or working with the public. Unfortunately somehow in this instance all or much of that seems to have been forgotten.
Just enjoying the lion's share of some tasty baby Giraffica sliders! Mmmmm! What'll them crazy Danes think of next!— Axl Rose (@axlrose) February 10, 2014
Lemme get a Giraffica, a homemade cherry Danish, some o' them pre-fried Pepper's... Oh! n' a liter of cola!— Axl Rose (@axlrose) February 11, 2014
Giraffica franchises r blowin' up like dandelions! I'll take a dbl Marius Happy Meal n' a McGrib 2 go! Det hænger mig langt ud af halsen!!— Axl Rose (@axlrose) February 13, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day! n' remember nothin' says "I love you!" like a box of giraffe infused Danish chocolates!— Axl Rose (@axlrose) February 14, 2014