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Such health risks are one of the reasons that European zoos have preferred to use euthanasia.

Denmark embraces the policy and is very open about educating its public. Germany, by contrast, allows euthanasia only in “reasonable” circumstances, which can be hard to define, said Lesley Dickie, executive director of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. A few years ago at Zoo Magdeburg in northern Germany, it was discovered that a male tiger was a hybrid of two tiger subspecies, rendering the cubs it had sired genetically useless. When the three cubs were born, the zoo euthanized them immediately.

Dr. Dickie said the Zoo Magdeburg made a “courageous” decision. But the zoo director and three employees were prosecuted for violating the euthanasia law and have received suspended sentences.

When Animal Conservation Means Killing

It is morally questionable to allow zoo animals to have offspring only with the intent of killing them after a certain period of time and, in particular, at the point at which they are maturing. In a carefully worded statement suggesting that zoos might have other concerns in mind — culling animal populations to reflect certain needs — the New York Times says that “it might seem suspiciously convenient for zoos to destroy an animal just after it has completed its most adorable phase — given that baby animals are a top zoo attraction.”

“On an emotional level, I can’t imagine doing it and I can’t imagine our culture accepting it,”the St. Louis Zoo’s Asa says about euthanizing young animals. Is it not at least ironic, if not simply troubling, to hear a zoo’s director of “conservation” justifying euthanization?


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7:43AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

I can't believe all the Cruelty and Evil that exists in this world of ours....poor baby animals that are being deprived of God Given Life by the human race....Disgusting! The name 'Mankind' is completely contradictory in terms!!!

9:02AM PDT on May 23, 2013

How dare they play god they're the ones who should be euthanized

6:04PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Such a bad thing to happen

4:36AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Signed with tears!

5:08PM PDT on May 18, 2013

Thanks for the article. Lots of interesting comments....

7:02PM PDT on May 17, 2013

do not cull baby animals, if you dont want them give them to another zoo when they mature

8:23PM PDT on May 15, 2013

Why not just spay/neuter the animals they don't intend to breed? It's not necessary--and certainly not moral--to destroy them.

6:05AM PDT on May 11, 2013

This is maddening! Killing innocent healthy animals is just plain wrong! Selfish and sick! I would have to walk away from that job if it was me. They need to be stopped!

10:59PM PDT on May 9, 2013

(cont)............ Have you ever visited the San Diego Zoo that Betty White is on the board of, personally participates in the management OF, and makes sure that the animals are kept in an environment condusive to the needs of their species? Bob Barker is also quite active in that particular zoo. It's world re-known and if you haven't visited there, or anywhere else but places that keep exotic animals in "cages", then you do not have the facts. You think I'm rude because I've disagreed with you. Okay, that's your right. Why not "Google" such other places and check out the information on their the videos of their facilities and go from there? They don't make such videos to fool the public and keep their exhibits in cages behind closed doors at night. If you don't believe me, e-mail Betty or Bob Barker. They'd welcome the chance to exchange information with you.

As far as the "foolish" thing, like I said, I never called anyone a "fool", and maybe you missed the comment by one person who was very upset about animals being "decapitated". Re-reading the entire article 3 times, nowhere was that word ever used. The article discussed the fact that the Copenhagen Zoo (which is in Denmark) euthanized baby animals deemed not being "worthy" (which I don't agree with, never did and never will) and that did NOT say "by decapitation". I have no clue where that member came up with that. Euthanasia is not usually done by "decapitation". Again, SOME peop

10:45PM PDT on May 9, 2013

Rhana, you contradicted yourself by posting again after saying it was your last insulting one made to me, but that's okay. I get it..........yes, zoos in Washington (at least the ones I've visited............BOTH Woodland Park and Point Defiance) are very good at being animal-friendly and providing a good environment for their exhibits. Not even birds are kept in "cages" in the zoos here. They're in huge "aviaries" which allow them to fly as they wish. I have no clue about those in Texas, and not a single place in Texas I'd ever want to visit based on information from friends of mine who live there, which happen to be all over the state.

You've mis-quoted me, taken my comments out-of-context and put words in my mouth more than I care to repeat. I've never used the word "stupid", nor did I say a thing that you've insinuated. Yes, you were very rude when you say I was such by pointing out that this article is old and the facts were "other than" and when people post based only on those things, it makes them "appear" foolish. That's NOT calling them "fools", nor "stupid". You don't say things "just to say them"? "You know your facts"? No, you obviously do not since you haven't said a thing based on facts regarding zoos anywhere but in Texas, it seems. Have you ever visited the San Diego Zoo that Betty White is on the board of, personally participates in the management OF, and makes sure that the animals are kept in an environment condusive to the needs of their s

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