A bid to save a young giraffe from destruction at Copenhagen Zoo has failed, and the giraffe was put down on a Sunday morning in February.
Thousands of people had signed an online petition appealing for a change of heart over the two-year-old called Marius.
The zoo said it had no choice because of its duty to avoid in-breeding.
Marius was killed by a bolt gun, not a lethal injection, which would contaminate the meat.
A post-mortem examination was broadcast live on the internet.
A crowd of visitors, including children, watched as the carcass was skinned, cut up and fed to the lions.
Those responsible for the death of a giraffe whose head struck a South African highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck will likely be prosecuted under animal protection laws.
Prior to the giraffe accident, startled motorists took photographs of the truck, which was carrying two giraffes whose long necks were visible above the sides of the vehicle.