Just 6 months ago, April the giraffe gave birth to a beautiful calf, and the whole world witnessed it through a live cam that was put together by the Animal Adventure Park. A few days ago, the park announced that the giraffe is pregnant again and that doctors cleared her to have another baby.
Although fans all over the world got excited, PETA condemned the owners for taking advantage of April’s popularity. A 15-year-old giraffe, raised in captivity, is too weak and fragile for a second pregnancy. Not to mention that the New York weather is way too cold for this species of animals.
Jordan Patch, the owner of the zoo stated that the well-being of the giraffe is his number one priority, and if veterinarians wouldn’t have cleared April for a second pregnancy, he would never force it on her.
When April gave birth to Tajiri, 1.3 million people watched her on the live-camera and followed her while the baby got bigger and stronger.
While fans of the giraffe were happy to hear the good news, PETA released to the public facts that show just how bad the decision is. 80% of giraffes that are being held in captivity suffer from depression, are stressed and may die prematurely due to these factors.
They also blame the zoo owner for choosing money and fame over its animal’s well-being. He struck back accusing PETA of the same thing, claiming that they proved on more than one occasion that they are more than prepared for taking care of their animals and their conservation.