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Copenhagen zoo euthanizes 4 healthy lions (PIOG ~ GRAPHIC PICTURE!)

Posted by on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM
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Copenhagen Zoo Kills 4 Lions After Controversial Giraffe Death

Four lions were euthanized to improve the zoo's breeding program.

A photo of a lion eating the remains of Marius the giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo.

An unidentified lion eats the remains of Marius the giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo in February.

 

PHOTOGRAPH BY KASPER PALSNOV, EPA

 

Christine Dell'Amore

 

National Geographic

 

Published March 26, 2014

 

A Denmark zoo that earned international condemnation for killing a healthy giraffe last month has euthanized four African lions.

 

The Copenhagen Zoo put down a 16-year-old male lion, a 14-year-old lioness, and two young lions this week to make way for a new male lion from the Givskud Zoo, also in Denmark.

 

"The change in the lion pride had to happen now because Copenhagen Zoo currently has two young females from the 2012 litter and it is ideal to keep these as part of the new pride and then find a suitable male," the zoo wrote in a Wednesday statement on its website.

 

"If the Zoo had not made the change in the pride now then we would have risked that the old male would mate with these two females-his own offspring-and thereby give rise to inbreeding," the statement says.

 

What's more, the 14-year-old lioness was too old to give birth and raise another litter without complications, the zoo said. (Read more about zoos and saving rare species in National Geographic magazine.)

 

The news quickly reverberated across the globe, with 10,000 stories as of Wednesday and Twitter abuzz with people expressing shock and disgust.

 

But the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) noted in a statement that the Copenhagen Zoo "has not broken any of its codes of conduct."

 

Still, by Wednesday morning, 49,000 people had signed a petition on the environmental advocacy website Care2.org entitled "Tell Copenhagen Zoo to Stop Killing Healthy Animals!"

 

 

 

 

@davesalmoni I support zoos and aquariums - but I'm conflicted about the Copenhagen Zoo. Where do you stand? http://t.co/iowbPQemD5

 

- Mary Catherine (@mcw685) March 26, 2014

 

 

 

 

EAZA said that the Copenhagen Zoo "has been consistent in its approach to animal population management, and high standards of animal welfare.

 

"As a result, while EAZA regrets the death of the animals in question, we recognize the right of Copenhagen Zoo to humanely cull them in line with their policies," the statement continued.

 

Giraffe Death Sparked Outrage

 

The Copenhagen Zoo's killing and public dismemberment last month of a healthy giraffe that the facility had named Marius also sparked outrage on social media.

 

The news even prompted death threats against zoo staff, and was seen by some animal lovers as a provocative response to a campaign to spare the giraffe's life in the days and hours leading up to his death. (See "Opinion: Killing of Marius the Giraffe Exposes Myths About Zoos.")

 

An online petition asking the Copenhagen Zoo to hold off on killing its unwanted giraffe until another home could be found had received tens of thousands of signatures from around the world. Wildlife parks in Britain, Sweden, and the Netherlands had offered to take Marius off the zoo's hands.

 

"When breeding success increases it is sometimes necessary to euthanize," Bengt Holst, Copenhagen Zoo's scientific director, said in a February 9 statement on their giraffe's death.

 

"We see this as a positive sign and as insurance that we in the future will have a healthy giraffe population in European zoos."

 

 

by on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM
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TiffanyRose06
by Queso<3 on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Wtf
Nutrition_Guru
by on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM
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What. The. Fuck.


They could have transferred them. Or neutered the older male.
TranquilMind
by Ruby Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

 That's sad.  Couldn't they send them to another zoo that would be happy to have them?

Dzyre1115
by Desiree` on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM
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 I thought Nord living was perfect?  It must just be for the humans :)

Cmgmqmmom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

 Exactly.

Quoting TiffanyRose06: Wtf

 

ewunia79
by Gold Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

i dont know how country that has such strong laws against animal cruelty allows this! shane, shame shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cmgmqmmom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM

 That does seem like it would have been a more sensible thing to do.

Quoting Nutrition_Guru: What. The. Fuck. They could have transferred them. Or neutered the older male.

 

babydsmommy18
by Gold Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM
So wrong. Why not transfer them? Ugh
Cmgmqmmom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM

 I would think captive lions would be in high demand to add breeding stock to other zoo populations.

Quoting TranquilMind:

 That's sad.  Couldn't they send them to another zoo that would be happy to have them?

 

Cmgmqmmom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM

 Do they have strong animal cruelty laws? I am not familiar. Off to Google!

Quoting ewunia79:

i dont know how country that has such strong laws against animal cruelty allows this! shane, shame shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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