14 June 2011

Eighteen-month-old giraffe is required to take birth control

Sure, we love visiting animals at the zoo, but it's our selfishness that keeps animals from living the wild and free lives that they deserve.

Vivian, an 18-month-old giraffe at the Illinois Peoria Zoo, has recently been put on birth control pills after refusing to eat the contraceptive-laced grains that were given to her for about a month. Zoo officials decided to try yet another method to keep her from reproducing with the wrong giraffe.

Since Vivian's arrival at the zoo in November, a frisky male giraffe named Taji began to show his interest in her. To keep the lovers from mating, zoo officials put Vivian on birth control pills, since the giraffes are considered to be a bad match, genetically. "Taji is mid-range, he's fairly valuable," said Peoria Zoo Director, Yvonne Strode. "But Vivian's at the bottom."

To solve the dilemma, zoo officials began feeding Vivian the birth control in liquid form, mixed with grains and wrapped in a lettuce leaf.

If certain types of animals weren't considered better than the others, this wouldn't be an issue. Animals should surely be able to choose who they want to mate with, just as humans do.

Alexandra Hedin | Facebook | @Alexandra_Hedin
Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. She is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

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