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Last month, officials at the Copenhagen Zoo killed a two-year old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors watched.
Now, as part of a generational culling, that same zoo has a new male lion and two new females, so it has killed four other lions, two of which were cubs unable to fend for themselves, to make way for the new pride. The excuse: They "would have been killed by the new male lion" anyway.
Of course, zoo officials defend the slaughters on the basis of maintaining healthy prides. I strongly disagree. I hate zoos anyway. Animals are meant to be free. While I can understand the concept of breeding endangered species before they become extinct, the process of raising, selecting, and killing the beasts sounds more like an effort to make additional money than to preserve the species.
If a zoo has any value, it is in keeping animals alive in cases where they would perish without care. The idea of killing them to make room for others seems eerily like playing God. The lions killed already had a pride. The zoo has none.
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