Zoos: Killing for Conservation
April 27, 2014 2 Comments
Earlier this year, Copenhagen Zoo sparked worldwide outrage when it killed a healthy 18 month old giraffe, then feed sections of his body to resident lions. The zoo claimed that Marius’ genes were already ‘well represented’ in the European giraffe breeding program.
Weeks later, the zoo killed four healthy lions to make way for a new male ‘breeding’ lion.
This month, a Swiss zoo killed a healthy Russian brown bear cub.
My latest article for The Scavenger, Killing in the name of conservation, reveals a largely hidden side of zoos. That is, the killing of healthy animals is regarded as a legitimate form of population management.
But this aspect of zoos is one that stands in conflict to their public face as conservationists and caretakers.
Moreover, captive breeding programs in zoos (referred to as ‘extinction insurance’) breed animals that are largely ill equipped for life in the wild.
To read my article, click here.