Danish zoo responsible for the death of Marius the giraffe makes headlines again by euthanizing a lion family
by Lindsey Little
Categories: Animals, Causes.

The same Danish Zoo that killed and publicly dissected Marius the giraffe last month is sadly back in the news. Two adult lions and their two 10-month-old cubs have been euthanized to make room for a new male.

The Copenhagen Zoo released a statement in an attempt to explain their reasoning.

“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,” the statement read.

According to zoo officials, the new male lion would have killed the young cubs “as soon as he got the chance.”

The zoo claims it tried to find a new home for the lion family, but was unsuccessful.

Unlike Marius, the lions won’t be cut up in public, because “not all our animals are dissected in front of an audience,” a zoo spokesman said.

The new lion is set to arrive in a few days. The zoo is bringing him in to start a new pride as part of its lion breeding program.

Why is it necessary to kill four healthy lions to breed more lions? And when the zoo is done with the new male lion, will they euthanize him to?

I find it hard to believe that with all of the zoos, sanctuaries and animal groups around the world, no one was willing to care for the lion family.

Simply put, they took the cheap and easy – albeit cowardly – way out.

Photo Credit: Ecorazzi
Source: Gawker


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  • J. L. Gould

    There are zoological parks aimed at conservation efforts and then there are animal themed parks aimed at making money. I think its clear which one this is. They should have their “misleading” name stripped from them

  • Cat

    I take issue with the use of the word euthanize being used here – the animals were not euthanized, i.e. relieved of irremedial suffering. They were killed, plain and simple.

  • Carly Swan

    They should be fined heavily and imprisoned,then shot and pissed on!

  • ziggypop

    This is the most unethical and amoral philosophy of zoo management I have ever read. This is NOT a zoo, it is a house of horrors. European zoos KILL 3000-5,000 animals A YEAR, to keep the money rolling in. Every zoo needs to close. Every stinking one of them. The cavalier behavior of these managers is most vile.