After giraffe uproar, Copenhagen zoo kills 4 lions


COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish zoo that faced protests for killing a healthy giraffe to prevent inbreeding says it has put down four lions, including two cubs, to make room for a new male lion.

Citing the “pride’s natural structure and behavior,” the Copenhagen Zoo said Tuesday that two old lions had been euthanized as part of a generational shift. It said the cubs were also put down because they were not old enough to fend for themselves and “anyway would have been killed by the new male lion.”

Zoo officials hope the new male and two females born in 2012 will form the nucleus of a new pride.

Last month the zoo triggered a wave of protests by killing a 2-year-old giraffe, and feeding its remains to the lions as visitors watched.


6 thoughts on “After giraffe uproar, Copenhagen zoo kills 4 lions

  1. I wonder if this is the norm with zoos everywhere, and we just don’t hear about it. Just that zoos are the ‘hope of saving endangered wildlife for future generations’. Zoos should be done away with, and more time and effort spent on saving them and their natural habitats for future generations. I see them as throwbacks to an earlier era, when animals were curiosities, and people didn’t have access to travel the way we do today. I don’t even that they are the draw the once were for ‘educating children’. Surely, euthanizing endangered wildlife is too large a price to pay for educating our little human brats who probably couldn’t care less, with their eyes locked on tablets and I-phones. When I was a child, we couldn’t afford to go to zoos, so I went to my first one as a young adult. And guess what, I was born with a love of animals, a desire to learn about them, and am a passionate animal welfare advocate today.

  2. Unbelievable and unacceptable. One of the reasons I am against zoos. They don’t care about the individual animals. They view them as commodified objects to be exploited. Send all animals who are presently incarcerated in zoos to animal sanctuaries and leave those in the wild alone.

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