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WTF: Zoo Kills Healthy Lion Cub, Dissects Her in Front of Kids

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Posted October 4, 2016 by Kim Johnson

Flashback to last year: It was like a nightmare brought to life. Children covered their mouths and turned away as a lion cub’s body was cut open and her intestines were laid out on a table before them. No, this wasn’t a Halloween movie—just business as usual at the Odense Zoo in central Denmark.

Reportedly, the Odense Zoo killed the female lion cub after zoo officials decided that she was “surplus” and no other zoos would take her. According to its website, the zoo kills animals to prevent inbreeding and acknowledges that zoo employees have been dissecting animals in front of crowds for 20 years. A spokesperson from the zoo told the BBC’s Newsbeat that this is a “normal process,” and while killing young animals may be normal for the zoos, it certainly isn’t normal for the animals. In the wild, the lion population and breeding would be controlled naturally, without human intervention.

This isn’t the first time that a Danish zoo has come under fire for killing a healthy animal and cutting him or her up in public. Last year, a giraffe named Marius was dissected in front of a crowd at the Copenhagen Zoo and fed to the lions after the zoo killed him with a bolt gunshot to the head. The zoo’s spokesperson said he was actually “proud” that the zoo dissected Marius.

Zoos teach people that it’s OK to interfere with animals’ lives and keep them locked up in captivity so we can gawk at them. And dissection doesn’t teach children ANYTHING. Instead, studies show that it actually fosters callousness toward animals and nature. In the wild, this lion cub would have been free to roam with her family, rather than being made the subject of a gruesome science “lesson.”

What You Can Do

If you are interested in animals, it’s only natural that you would want to be close to them—but animals shouldn’t have to live in misery because of our curiosity! Animals don’t belong to us, and they’re not ours to imprison in zoos or to kill and cut up for dissection. Say no to dissection and never visit any zoo. 

Learn more about how dissection kills and how we can help you say no!

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  • 54 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    We need to demand this “zoo” be SHUT DOWN!!!! These children are being desensitized to LIFE and respecting LIFE and the LIVING!! That said- Some of these children MAY even try this on the family cat or dog and there is enough evidence that shows that serial killers abused animals in their childhood! These children were exposed to violence and that is also a violation of their rights!!! Taking away their innocence! I am sure many will have horrible nightmares over this! This “zoo” is VIAL and MUST be SHUT DOWN!!!!!

  • 396 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ICYMI: This zoo killed a HEALTHY lion cub & dissected her in front of kids.
    WTH is wrong with humanity?

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    406 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]

    9

    This is barbaric. Karma on all involved. This madness needs to stop!!

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