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Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

Killing of giraffe in zoo may bring change

BENGT HOLST, the scientific director of the Copenhagen Zoo, was on CNN on Monday, explaining in cold clinical terms why it was necessary to kill a healthy young giraffe at the zoo — and then to feed it to the lions.

His answer boiled down to this. It was inconvenient to keep the creature, and besides, his killing let the zoo give a group of children an unsentimental glimpse of the real world.

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