The Moral Depravity of The Copenhagen Zoo And the Butchers of the Faeroe Islands
An Animal Rights Article from


Captain Paul Watson, founder, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
February 2014

HORATIO: Have after. To what issue will this come?
MARCELLUS: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

Marcellus, shaken by the many recent disturbing events and no doubt angered (as is Hamlet) by Claudius's mismanagement of the body politic, astutely noted that Denmark is festering with moral and political corruption.

And there is today a festering moral corruption within the soul of the State of Denmark.

I do not say this lightly for I do so as someone whose grandfather (Otto Larsen) was born in Copenhagen. My motherís family is Danish.

And thus I am personally ashamed of the fact that Marius this baby giraffe was murdered before a group of children at the Copenhagen Zoo, dissected before these same children and then like the Roman Circus masters of old, they tossed the mutilated bloody carcass to the lions.

It is troubling that the Danes and their protectorate the Faeroe Islands expose young children to the horror of slaughter and in the case of the Faeroes, allow the children to participate in the mutilation of the bodies. [Read Brutal Death and Suffering; Business as Usual in The Faroe Islands...]

The entire decent population of the world is horrified by this callous disrespect for life and the exposure of such bloody pornographically violent displays as this before children.

It is as if the Copenhagen Zoo and the people of the Faeroe Islands believe that children should be de-sensitized to such violence and cruelty at an early age.

There was no excuse for the murder of this beautiful 18-month old giraffe by the Copenhagen Zoo. A great deal of money was offered to spare the life of the baby giraffe and the pleas of tens of thousands of people around the world were arrogantly ignored.

How can we teach children to be respectful of life with the on-going slaughter of pilot whales in the Faeroes and the vicious execution of an innocent baby giraffe in Copenhagen?

I do not know who is in charge of public relations for the Copenhagen Zoo but whoever they are, they have demonstrated gross insensitivity to morality and good sense.

What could they possibly be thinking when they ordered a public execution of a baby giraffe?

It is plain to see that they were not thinking at all, and that the common insensitivity to the welfare of animals by people who work in zoos was allowed to fester before the angry eyes of the world.

To what issue will this come?

That there is clearly something rotten at the Copenhagen Zoo and offshore there is a festering society of moral rot in the Danish Protectorate of the Faeroe Islands.

Why am I so angry?

I will tell you why.

I have of late because of the Copenhagen Zoo lost all my mirth. Their actions have so befouled this planet and all decent people that the stench of their crime appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.

What a piece of work are these people! How ignoble in reason, how infinite in ignorance. In form and moving how deadly and evil! In action how like monsters, in apprehension how demonic! The horror of the world. The lowest of humanity.

This is a crime that shall not soon be forgotten for it will leave a stench of rotten cruelty over the escutcheon of Denmark that people around the world will remember it with distaste and disgust.

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