|Two cubs and two adults were slaughtered by Copenhagen Zoo.|
Stephen Rex Brown
New York Daily News
March 25, 2014
The Danish zoo that sparked an international outcry by slaughtering a giraffe to avoid inbreeding has killed two lions and their cubs to clear the way for a new male.
The Copenhagen Zoo said the kings of the jungle had been put down Monday.
“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 zoo said in a statement, according to Agence France-Presse. [Sorry you moron(s); natural structure went out the fucking window once they were placed in an artificial environment called a zoo.]
The 10-month-old lions would have been killed by the new male lion “as soon as he got the chance,” the zoo said. [Stupid me; here I thought they were in a zoo and not in the wild… zoos that often bottlefeed young and so on….]
A new male lion will be introduced to two female lions that recently reached breeding age soon.
The zoo’s chief executive, Steffen Straede, stood by the decision. [Gotta keep making those cute, crowd-drawing cubs huh? Then you can just kill them and make more when they get near a year old.]
“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 centre of a new pride of lions,” Straede said. [Huh? Making cubs and killing them and adult lions is helping lions? How?]
Still, officials elected not to carve up the lions for a lesson in animal anatomy, as they had with the 18-year-old giraffe named Marius. [The giraffe was 18 months old – do your research.]
“Not all our animals are dissected in front of an audience,” a spokesman said. [It’s such a relief to know only some of “their” animals are dissected in front of an audience.]
Last month the zoo’s scientific director, Bengt Holst, received death threats after announcing the giraffe would be shot because of European regulations against inbreeding. [Bengt Holst is an individual that should erase himself.]
Thousands signed an online petition to save the giraffe and other zoos offered to care for the creature.
But the giraffe was killed and carved up before children anyway. Some of the giraffe meat was fed the zoo’s lions. [Obviously it had nothing to do with claims made by the zoo about “European regulations against inbreeding”… besides, what vet, Scandinavian rednecks obviously aside, doesn’t know of neutering? Also, what is being done now? What is being done to prevent these European rednecks from killing more innocent animals?]
It wasn’t clear if the meat was served to the lions who were themselves killed by the zoo.
“We know we are doing the right thing,” Holst said of the decision to kill the giraffe. [Of course – you had to “make more room”… and of course it was the right thing because Holst says it so. Absurd. I was having a somewhat decent day today until I accidentally found this.]
Oh right. It isn’t the Danish people that is the problem – it is the zoo itself, you say? Well to me, just like anything else, they are letting these people operate, which puts them squarely on my mental shit list.