‘Over-stocked’ giraffes

First published in Readers' Letters

WHAT possible excuse can Marwell Zoo (Echo, August 21) have to breed another giraffe to add to its overlarge stock, except as a cynical ‘crowd puller’ (they hope).

Another poor creature destined to live its whole life in an English field and a shed, artificially fed, and never to wander the vast African plains, its natural heritage. Not even the excuse that it is a rare species, although all such excuses are false unless they are sent back to their real environment .

As rare as gold-dust from zoos, where to deprive, cruelly, any animal of its heritage life merely to entertain a public which can see on TV how they live in the wild is a ‘con’ yet labelled conservation. Yes, only entertainment, unjustified, to inflict lifelong incarceration on any innocent creature, however well kept, the claim from zoo’s management, alas, to deceive the gullible from seeing the trust.

SHEILA CLAYTON, United Animal Charities, Southampton .

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4:27pm Tue 11 Sep 12

Huey says...

What's all the fuss about these so-called giraffes? They are just horses with long necks
What's all the fuss about these so-called giraffes? They are just horses with long necks Huey
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7:26pm Tue 11 Sep 12

bazzeroz says...

I must agree with you Sheila. I went to a zoo near Torquay, under duress I might add and the animals, in my view were past their sell by date! The elephants were so old they were being prodded to 'get out and meet the public'. I will NEVER attend a zoo again. Most are barbaric. I do though always say to anyone that's visiting a zoo, 'keep on the move, they may be stocktaking!'
I must agree with you Sheila. I went to a zoo near Torquay, under duress I might add and the animals, in my view were past their sell by date! The elephants were so old they were being prodded to 'get out and meet the public'. I will NEVER attend a zoo again. Most are barbaric. I do though always say to anyone that's visiting a zoo, 'keep on the move, they may be stocktaking!' bazzeroz
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8:23pm Tue 11 Sep 12

geoff51 says...

I have never heard such ridiculous twaddle from any letter writer in this paper.
Places such as Marwell and Monkey World do amazing work in the care and conservation of all animals in their care.
If it was not for wonderful places such as this most people would never have the pleasure of seeing these animals in the flesh, and we will raise another generation of children who think animals talk like in cartoons.
Mrs Clayton if you spent more time raising money for animal charities that support the conservation of animals in places like Marwell you may find out that they do a better job that you percieve.
Please offer an alternative rather than generalising and look at the loss of habitat in the wild before decrying Zoos.
I have never heard such ridiculous twaddle from any letter writer in this paper. Places such as Marwell and Monkey World do amazing work in the care and conservation of all animals in their care. If it was not for wonderful places such as this most people would never have the pleasure of seeing these animals in the flesh, and we will raise another generation of children who think animals talk like in cartoons. Mrs Clayton if you spent more time raising money for animal charities that support the conservation of animals in places like Marwell you may find out that they do a better job that you percieve. Please offer an alternative rather than generalising and look at the loss of habitat in the wild before decrying Zoos. geoff51
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11:36am Wed 12 Sep 12

Inform Al says...

I went to Port Lympne a few weeks ago and the work done there by the Aspinal foundation to put endangered species back where they belong is outstanding, unfortunately however there was no sign there of the giraffes so perhaps they may be able to do a deal with Marwell? I was surprised not to find the giraffes as just one of them has more neck than my three ex wives together.
I went to Port Lympne a few weeks ago and the work done there by the Aspinal foundation to put endangered species back where they belong is outstanding, unfortunately however there was no sign there of the giraffes so perhaps they may be able to do a deal with Marwell? I was surprised not to find the giraffes as just one of them has more neck than my three ex wives together. Inform Al
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