Kristine Lofgren

Danish Zoo that Killed Giraffe Puts Down Four Lions

by , 03/29/14
filed under: Animals, News

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Many people are still reeling after the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized Marius the giraffe. Now the same zoo is in the public eye again for killing four more animals – this time a group of lions. On Monday, the zoo decided to put down two elderly adult lions and two cubs in order to make room for a new male lion. According to the zoo, the move was necessary because they were unable to find a new home for the lions and the incoming lion would have killed the cubs.

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In a few days the new lion will be introduced to the zoo’s existing female lions, both of whom have reached breeding age. The zoo hopes the brood will result in a new pride of lions. The two cubs, who were just 10 months old, would have been seen as a threat to the incoming lion and that lion would have reportedly killed them as soon as he could. The other two older lions – a male and a female – were put down at the same time because, according to the zoo, they were too old.

Related: Copenhagen Zoo Shoots 18-Month-Old Giraffe and Publicly Feeds it to the Lions (Video) 

The move comes as a surprise after the public outrage directed at the zoo following Marius’ death. After the giraffe was euthanized, dissected in public and fed to the lions, the zoo’s scientific director Bengt Holst received death threats. “Marius hasn’t made us the least bit afraid, because what we are doing is the most correct thing to do,” zoo chief Steffen Stræde told the Ritzau news bureau.

The Copenhagen Zoo kills 20 to 30 animals a year in order to maintain their populations and other European zoos often follow the same practice. This time, however, the zoo wisely decided not to dissect the animals in public.

Via the Copenhagen Post and WTOP

Lead Image via Derek Keats, others via Björn Söderqvist and Catherine Wilson

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  1. Gabe Neal March 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    So, let me get this straight. There was 4 lions. 2 elderly 2 cubs.
    An adult lion was on it’s way. And because the new lion would kill the cubs, the zoo had to do it first?

    What the actual fuck kind of logic is this?

  2. ih82bathe March 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Best response ever goes to Squashmequickly!!

  3. squashmequickly March 28, 2014 at 12:56 am

    What you should realize is that Copenhagen Zoo does it’s best to keep the animals in as “natural state” that one can achieve in a zoo.

    Animals in the wild will naturally have generation changes when the older animals reach a certain age. In the wild this would, for many animals, mean death.

    In an ideal, “cute and fuzzy world” the zoos in the world would have infinite amounts to money and space, so that they could have “no kill” policies and space to just keep adding more enclosures for the new generations of animals.

    Many species of animal will only have one adult male in a flock/herd, and this would mean that many adult male animals would have to have their own enclosures… and no zoos in the world have infinite amounts of space, or money.

    Copenhagen Zoo is in no way an “evil zoo”, over the years they have reduced the number of different kinds of animal they have, so that they can give the remaining animals better conditions.

    No animals are killed “unflinchingly”, there is a global network of zoos in the world, and all the zoos spend huge amounts of time trying to find new homes for EVERY animal that can’t keep.

    As for the argument “why not give them birth control”, is because is a natural instinct for the adults to raise young. The adults would probably be permanently in a state of stress if they were failing to have their own young.

    So my message to all you complainers is… start saving your money, sell everything you own, take extra jobs…. and then use the money to start more zoos.

  4. RockyMissouri March 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Despicable ..

  5. Great White- Shark March 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    RelayerM31, WOW! you need a reality check!! I am a VEGAN and BEINGS RIGHTS PERSON, so much for that BS! Most importantly these animals did not voluntarily join this EVIL Zoo!! Nor did they voluntarily agree to their breeding programs, that produces to many animals and animals with same gene!!

    David Lazar, THANK YOU! I want to one-day be dual citizen, with Denmark being the country I live in the most; but this leaves a EVIL taste in my mouth!

  6. RelayerM31 March 27, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Before you head off to your fainting couch, we must remember that these are animals. As long as they are killed humanely (i.e. no suffering) I have no problem with this. Though they’re in the zoo they’re still just animals. Cows, chickens, pigs and lambs are of no less value and we LOVE to eat them don’t we.

  7. David Lazar March 26, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Denmark: country where prison cells for criminals look like 5 star hotels but animals get killed unflinchingly.

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