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What’s it all about? Blog Video

As some of you may know a couple of years ago I used to dabble in making YouTube videos! These were always quite amateur, usually Vlogs on my Uni life or Makeup and Fashion videos. I stopped making them a few years ago when I moved to London because my life got quite hectic and I didn’t have the right equipment or a laptop that could cope with video editing / uploading (or the money to upgrade)!

I’ve always felt quite bad directing people to my YouTube Channel and also to my existing subscribers, so yesterday I made a Blog Video! It sums up what I write about and can be used to direct any lovely YouTube people to my blog (which I’m glad to say is now more active).

Enjoy and share! I pulled this together using a really simple online program called Stupeflix which allowed me to pull in my Instagram pictures.

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A crisis for Copenhagen Zoo

Marius Giraffe Copenhagen Murder Zoo

Image Source: Buzzfeed

I think I share the opinions of many when I say that there were a few bad decisions made at Copenhagen Zoo over the weekend. When Bengt Hols, the scientific director for the Zoo, made the decision to destroy Marius the 18 month-old healthy giraffe, against a 25,000 worldwide-strong petition, a media frenzy obviously followed suit. I say destroy here because I believe ‘euthanize’ is not contextual. When I think of euthanasia I think of pain and suffering and the alleviation of such, not of a healthy animal being killed for having an undesirable gene pool.

You can read more about the Zoo’s decision here, here and here, but in short the young giraffe, described as ‘surplus,’ was shot dead before being dissected in front of a crowd of children because he was not suitable for breeding due to a ‘well-represented’ gene pool. The decision to kill Marius sparked backlash and debate that quickly escalated globally. In the lead up to the demise of the Giraffe an online petition to save his life quickly collected over 25,000 signatures with outrage being exchanged and shared by the masses. More fuel was added to this inferno when Yorkshire Wildlife Park publicly offered to take in Marius and house him with their other male giraffes, including Marius’s brother who came over from Copenhagen in 2012. Now following the incident, firmly backed by the Zoo, Marius remains have been fed to the Zoo’s Lions and the public continue to rage.

Why Marius?
So why has this incident in particular sparked so much controversy? The culling of healthy animals happens daily and The Zoo defends its ultimate decision wholeheartedly, asking if this would really be the center of a media frenzy if it was a pig. Well no it wouldn’t but then it isn’t a pig, it’s a giraffe. The reality of the situation is that in this instance the public identified emotionally with the animal and whilst all animals should be considered equally they just aren’t. I really believe the problem here was not the reasons the Zoo claimed were behind the decision, but the way in which the whole thing was communicated. It is without doubt that the Copenhagen Zoo have a PR crisis on their hands now as they try to sedate a lot of people whose wishes they went against. The incident is still trending on Twitter worldwide more than 24 hours later with many calling for a boycott against Zoos as this opens up the wider debate about keeping and breeding animals in captivity.

Whilst the Zoo is going for consistency in their belief and resolve behind the decision their means of communication have been poor. Deciding to dissect the creature that had captured the hearts of those petitioning to save it LIVE on video stream, in front of children, was probably not one their wisest moments. They quickly gave ammunition to the media in the form of graphic imagery and then continued to defend this poor decision making as educational. Yes just what I missed out on when I was nine years old, a baby giraffe being butchered two feet away. Damn my educational flaws!

Copenhagen Zoo Giraffe Marius PR Crisis

Image source: Facebook

Maintaining control:

They have made a few halfhearted responses to the backlash via social media but damage control seems low on their list of priorities, as does sensitivity. Why should they listen to people in the first place? Because public opinion matters. Because the public are the people who pay to visit their Zoo. Because people care about animal welfare and it is a HUGE topic of controversy. This was an ordeal poorly executed (excuse the irony) from start to finish and it will be something I’ll watch closely over the next few days. It’s interesting to see how similar establishments, such as Dublin Zoo have already issued personal opinions in response to the incident. Meanwhile the Copenhagen Zoo’s Facebook page suffers a avalanche of bad reviews that will dent their online reputation for a long time to come as people share their outrage. The internet is not to be underestimated when people care, and the Copenhagen Zoo signed its Public Relations death wish when it put a name to that cute face.

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Tumblr! “Motivation”

I have a Tumblr account which I use sort of like Panda Pop but with less structure and as and when I feel like it! I’m thinking about sharing some Tumblr posts on here every now and again. Here’s an example of a typical ramble you may expect from me…

Motivation?

Where does it come from, and more importantly where does it go. Just when I feel like another rare day off is slipping into night, (when so little has been achieved that getting out of my pyjamas has definitely NOT been accomplished,) It suddenly overcomes me. Not for long mind, just a sudden urge to do one thing on my seemingly endless “Things to do” list. Today of which was número uno, TIDY MY ROOM. An obvious objective to find neglected on a to-do list but one that I’ve been neglecting for just a tad too long. (Think dead monster spiders under every item of clothing I own – on the floor.) So I won’t lie my intention of getting out of bed was at first to vacate to the sofa bringing with me my laptop for last night’s TOWIE and with a feast in mind. But once up, I just felt this sudden drive. To do one thing today seemed necessary. So I start cleaning a corner of my room, I clean my rats out – an unpleasant to-do also long overdue. I Hoover, I dust, and I can’t stop until I’ve finished. Believe me there was plenty of moments my bed called back out to me, whispering my name like the comfy temptress it is. But I carried on. And hooray because the feeling after is so satisfying, and as I sit down for TOWIE, I feel like it is a reward. And as for my feast it is now deserved. I can unfortunately say these bursts of motivation don’t come around too often. I am a serial putter-offer, an offender of the organised. Weak minded or perhaps just lazy! But whichever way I look at it I’m glad they appear once in a while if not to keep me sane then at least to keep my room non-toxic and habitable! 🙂


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