Danish Zoo That Killed Giraffe Puts Down 4 Lions

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COPENHAGEN - A Copenhagen zoo that prompted international outrage by putting down a healthy giraffe and dissecting it in public has killed two lions and their two cubs to make way for a new male, it said on Tuesday.

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"Because of the pride of lions' natural structure and behaviour, the zoo has had to euthanise the two old lions and two young lions who were not old enough to fend for themselves," Copenhagen Zoo said in a statement.

The 10-month-old lions "would have been killed by the new male lion as soon as he got the chance," it said.

The four lions were put down on Monday after the zoo had failed to find a new home for them, a spokesman told AFP, confirming the four were all from the same family.

There would be no public dissection of the animals since "not all our animals are dissected in front of an audience," he added.

Within a few days the new male will be introduced to the zoo's two female lions who, born in 2012, have reached breeding age.

"The zoo is recognised worldwide for our work with lions, and I am proud that one of the zoo's own brood now forms the centre of a new pride of lions," chief executive Steffen Straede said.

Last month, zoo boss Bengt Holst received death threats for the decision to kill its 18-month-old giraffe Marius, which was put down with a bolt gun before children were able to watch it being chopped up, dissected and fed to lions.

The move shocked thousands of animal lovers around the world who had signed an online petition to save him.

The zoo said on its website it had no choice but to prevent the animal attaining adulthood since under European Association of Zoos and Aquaria rules, inbreeding between giraffes is to be avoided.

Many Danes were surprised and even angered by international reactions to the event, with a leading expert on the ethics of the treatment of animals decrying the "Disneyfication" of zoo creatures.

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Robin Tyson

look at the kids faces..animals eat each other out in the wild.. the Zoo is not a place for that and killing in front of children. they can watch nature movies when they get older to see how it is... just look at their faces, the Zoo is meant toing..s be a fun happy place to go with family and enjoy the good of animals not be depre

March 26 2014 at 2:38 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

This is outrageous.....only public pressure will cause this to stop

March 25 2014 at 3:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

These animals should not be killed . They could go to other zoos (not only european zoos) or to preserves and sanctuaries. If this is how the Danish people want their zoos to operate, they should not have any zoos at all. Boycotting is the only way to let the Danish people know how you feel about their poor decisions. Signing petitions will not work with them. They ignored petitions in the past. Boycott everything made in Denmark,

March 25 2014 at 3:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Horrendous acts of animal cruelty. You kill these creatures who are already nearly extinct for your "new" lion. Well how bout you don't get a new lion until you have placement for the four "you just" had to kill. That was the lamest excuse to have killed them. Poor animals don't need to be in the hands of this zoo. Do you treat your staff this way too? Kill them off when new employees are needed and won't get along well with others? NO is your answer and your animals deserve to be heard as well. You are inhumane and this zoo should be closed and receive new owners.

March 25 2014 at 3:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Nigel Tribe

zoo in Denmark should be closed down for putting down 4 lions,owners should be put down and fed to the rest of the animals left in the zoo.!!!

March 25 2014 at 2:57 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Marsha Lutsky Hoak

What a bunch of idiots. They are using their own animals as feed. They don't care about their animals and should be shut down.

March 25 2014 at 2:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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