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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.
I personally HATE zoos. It is all about the big money not the animals. The animals bring in the money and it is they who suffer as well. I just hate zoos.
This alleged "zoo" is about the most despicable operation one could imagine. It should be immediately closed and the people responsible for these horrible actions should be in prison for life.
This makes me SICK! It's SO WRONG! Especially since others offered a large sum of money and another place just to save the poor animals life. Then to feed it to the lions with all the people and children watching-that's even more sick. It's HEARTLESS and SENSELESS!
This zoo is so bad. It is very hard to understand why healthy animals are being discarded like this. Why do they even have animals if this is how they treat them? Just disgusting in every way imagineable.
CLOSE THAT ZOO DOWN !!!!!! PURE BARBARIC BUTCHERY!....THEY COULD OF MOVED THOSE ANIMALS TO OTHER ZOO,S IN THE WORLD
The animals should have been sold or given to other zoos. There was no reason to euthanize them. This ZOO should loose their license to operate. In a time where these animals are becoming endanged there is no excuse for such behavior. It is especially insensitive that they did this in the presense of children . Who runs this Zoo, Hitler's descendants?
Extremely well stated!! Great post.
How is it possible that such things can happen today? The actions of this zoo were awful beyond words. I very rarely if ever comment on news stories, but the murder of these poor defenseless animals by those persons who were entrusted with their care sickens and outrages me. I cry for what was done to these animals.
They do not have thge right to be called a zoo and must be stopped!!
There is absolutely no call to put down these healthy animals The reasoning behind the decision the first time this occurred and now are ludicrous. This place should be shut down, and those who made the decision to kill these animals and those who carried it out should face criminal charges. There were too many other options that they could have done to "make room" or cause a "generational shift". I am sick beyond words......