Teaching respect a tall order

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 January, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 January, 1999, 12:00am

A life-size replica of Shanghai-Yokohama, a giraffe killed by tourist litter, is being used to teach people to 'love animals and respect nature', Xinhua said yesterday.

The giraffe, born in Yokohama, Japan, before being sent as 'an envoy of friendship' to Shanghai Zoo in 1980, died in 1993 after consuming waste discarded by visitors.

A post-mortem examination found two large bundles of plastic bags filling the giraffe's stomach.

Concerned citizens donated money to build the 'Pavilion of Love', where Shanghai-Yokohama's spirit resided, drawing mourning crowds and teaching a new generation of Chinese to respect all forms of life, the news agency said. The pavilion included the life-sized replica of the giraffe.

A girl visiting the pavilion with her classmates said: 'Animals are companions for human beings. We should protect them and treat them like friends.' AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE