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Zoo kills lions: After giraffe, Danish zoo kills 4 lions for breeding program

A new law of nature
A new law of nature
Photograph: Gonzales Photo/Demotix/Corbis

The zoo that killed lions, including two female lions and two 10-month-old cubs, is the same Copenhagen zoo that just killed 18-month-old giraffe Marius. The four lions killed by the Danish zoo belonged to the same family and were euthanized because the zoo needed to make room for a male lion that the zoo wanted to use for its breeding program. According to a report by the Agence France-Presse in Copenhagen on March 25, “within a few days the new male will be introduced to the zoo's two female lions, who have reached breeding age.”

The Copenhagen zoo’s breeding program was the same reason why giraffe Marius was killed. According to a zoo spokesperson, Marius did not have the right kind of genes that the zoo wanted to have for its breeding program so he was killed, dissected, and fed to lions, all in front of children.

Now, the zoo killed four lions for the same reason -- its breeding program.

According to Steffen Straede, the Copenhagen zoo’s chief executive, “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."

The zoo that killed the four lions is saying that the two 10-month-old cubs would not have survived the male lion anyway and that it had not been able to find a home for the cubs and the two older female lions. The same excuse was provided for killing giraffe Marius even though several organizations and private people had offered to give Marius a home.