Yes it was.
An important point has been missed in this article, had the Copenhagen Zoo (please use the formal name) managed this giraffe population correctly to begin with, this would never have happened. This is their fault. The specialist group knows the genetic makeup of the adults (parents), and these two adults should never have been allowed to breed. Further, when a zoo takes the time to publicly name an individual animal, you endear this animal to the public and all the responsibilities (and gains) that come from that. You do not then take this animal and publicly execute it, dismember it, and feed it to the lions. You have now taught a group a children how little we valued this individual in there neighborhood zoo. You missed the value in public connections completely. This is not how I would want my zoo to handle themselves, not for science, and not for genetic purity. At the very least, this should have been handled off-exhibit.