Zoo Kills Lions in Copenhagen, Causes Outcry Over Twitter

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The Copenhagen Zoo has killed four lions in preparation of the arrival of a new male lion after it failed to find them new homes. The lions, two cubs and their parents, were the same ones that fed on a giraffe they put down last month. NBC news reported the zoo received death threats over the public killing, skinning, and disposal of the giraffe. "The children of the staff of Copenhagen Zoo should all be killed or should get cancer," one read. The zoo posted photos of the event on their website.

"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," the zoo said in a statement to the BBC, adding that the male cubs "would have been killed by the new male lion as soon as he got the chance."

Twitter exploded with outcry over the move:

Care2 Petition Site has a new petition stating "the ongoing policy of killing healthy animals in their care is not acceptable and that it is time to review and change their breeding policies and procedures, to allow for the accommodation of healthy animals for as long as they require care." It currently has 558 signatures of 1,000.

Image via ScottishFilmMakers, YouTube

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