According the The Guardian, the Danish zoo that recently made animal activists irate for putting down a perfectly healthy giraffe has done it again. This time two healthy lions and two cubs were put down to make way for a new male.
“Because of the pride of lions’ natural structure and behavior, the zoo has had to euthanize the two old lions and two young lions who were not old enough to fend for themselves,” said the Copenhagen zoo.
Zoo officials assert that the male would have killed the 10-month-old lions “as soon as he got the chance.” They also claim that they tried to find homes for the four lions, but they supposedly didn’t find a viable home — so they were put down on Monday instead.
“The zoo is recognized worldwide for our work with lions, and I am proud that one of the zoo’s own brood now forms the center of a new pride of lions,” said chief executive Steffen Straede.
Since the zoo chose to kill 8-month-old Marius the giraffe and allowed for children to see his body being chopped up, dissected, and fed to lions, scientific director Bengt Holst has received several death threats.
The question remains, why doesn’t the zoo create a program by which they prepare and release animals back into the wild or send them to animal preserves?
According to an unnamed zoo spokesperson, there are no plans to dissect the lions and cubs in front of the public. “Not all our animals are dissected in front of the public.”
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