Danish zoo that killed Marius the giraffe puts down four lions
Copenhagen zoo says it has euthanised two old lions and two cubs to make way for a new male
A Danish zoo that prompted international outrage by putting down a healthy giraffe and dissecting it in public has killed two lions and their two cubs to make way for a new male.
"Because of the pride of lions' natural structure and behaviour, the zoo has had to euthanise the two old lions and two young lions who were not old enough to fend for themselves," Copenhagen zoo said.
The 10-month-old lions would have been killed by the new male lion "as soon as he got the chance", it said.
The four lions were put down on Monday after the zoo failed to find a new home for them, a spokesman said. All four were from the same family.
He said there would be no public dissection of the animals since "not all our animals are dissected in front of an audience".
Within a few days the new male will be introduced to the zoo's two female lions, who have reached breeding age.
The zoo's chief executive, Steffen Straede, said: "The zoo is recognised worldwide for our work with lions, and I am proud that one of the zoo's own brood now forms the centre of a new pride of lions."
Last month the zoo's scientific director, Bengt Holst, received death threats over the decision to kill an 18-month-old giraffe, Marius, who was put down with a bolt gun before children were allowed to watch his body being chopped up, dissected and fed to lions.
The move shocked thousands of animal lovers around the world who had signed an online petition to save him. The zoo said on its website it had no choice but to prevent the animal attaining adulthood since under European Association of Zoos and Aquaria rules inbreeding between giraffes is to be avoided.
Many Danes were surprised and even angered by the international reaction to the event, with a leading expert on the ethics of the treatment of animals decrying the "Disneyfication" of zoo creatures.
signed, thanks, Nyack. So they killed the lions to prevent other lions from doing so???
I have also started a petition on the petition site to close this zoo.
Please share widely.
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Signed it- thank you, Patricia
also signed, thanks, Patricia
ALL petitions signed!
All signed, I hate that Zoo's are businesses only interested in making money off the backs of the animals they profess to love and care about. They all need to be closed.
DO NOT SIGN THIS PETITION :
They kill Marius and feed him to the lions, and then they kill four of the lions.....the war against endangered species rages on....
All signed Nyack and Patricia, except for the bad petition - thank you!
This post was modified from its original form on 26 Mar, 7:48
All Signed and Shared to Facebook....except the one NOT to sign of course
Signed ~ thank you Nyack and Patricia.
And ~ Thank you Ana for the heads up re: 'Do Not sign' (which I've not signed!)
All 3 signed.
Signed the good ones, thanks for the heads up and for the alerting of the harmful petition to the cause.
All signed - the truth about zoos is coming out now.
3 signed 1 not. I am speechless!
Thanks Nyack & Patricia.
Here is another petition from my friend Janice (J.D.)Copenhagen Zoo Kills 4 Lions
Signed - thank you Nyack!
you took action on March 30, 2014
you took action on March 26, 2014
Thanks Nyack & Patricia.
Signed and Shared to Facebook........Thanks Nyack!
Evil, vile and just disturbing. Done
Signed. Given that these animals could have been sent to other facilities, it is completely unacceptable that they were killed. The Head at this Zoo should be fired immediately. He has no business being there.
Signed - thanks Nyack!
All signed with utter disgust as to what has happened at this zoo! 1 petition not signed!
Thanks to Nyack, Ana, Patricia & all responsible.
all signed except the one petition that says that what this zoo did is worthy of aplause