Last month people on Twitter and various other social media sites were outraged over the announcement that Copenhagen Zoo would be killing one of their giraffes, Marius, as part of their, “breeding plan.” Tens of thousands of people over the Internet signed a petition asking the zoo not to kill the innocent giraffe but to wait to find it another home. The zoo had other ideas in mind. They killed the giraffe (in front of an audience) and then gave its remains to one of the lions for dinner.
When I think about this zoo and their breeding plan, something just says: evil scientists. Further confirming my beliefs, this week they have killed 4 healthy lions. A 16-year-old male, a 14-year-old female and two cubs were euthanized. This was all done to make way for a new lion to take charge of the pride.
“The change in the lion pride had to happen now because Copenhagen Zoo currently has two young females from the 2012 litter and it is ideal to keep these as part of the new pride and then find a suitable male,” the zoo wrote on its website. They also add, “if the Zoo had not made the change in the pride now then we would have risked that the old male would mate with these two females—his own offspring—and thereby give rise to inbreeding.” Why they opt to kill their animals rather than send them to a different zoo, is beyond me.
The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) mentioned that the Copenhagen Zoo “has not broken any of its codes of conduct.” It makes you worried about what could be happening in zoos in the rest of Europe if killing off their animals is not prohibited in their, “codes of conduct.”