Visitors to Norway’s Kristiansand Dyrepark zoo were recently confronted with a gruesome sight: The beheaded body of a zebra was left in the tiger enclosure. According to news reports, the zebra’s body was left for tigers to tear apart. Zoo officials wanted to leave the headless zebra in public view to “educate” visitors.
People have taken to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites to express their outrage about the incident, which reminds us of what happened to Marius, the healthy young giraffe who was killed by the Copenhagen Zoo and fed to lions in 2014, causing outrage worldwide.
Last year, a zoo in Denmark also killed and dissected a healthy lion cub in front of children. The lion cub was considered a “surplus” animal.
It’s common for many zoos throughout the world to kill healthy animals when they have too many. In fact, between 3,000 and 5,000 healthy “surplus” animals are killed each year by European zoos alone! Zoos try to trick the public into thinking they are helping animals, but their breeding programs typically serve no true conservation purpose because animals born in zoos are rarely, if ever, returned to their natural habitats in the wild. The truth is that animals in zoos are often used as little more than babymakers and visitor attractions to help the zoos make money. 🙁
Please, never visit zoos, aquariums, or any other place that confines animals for money. Every dollar spent at these places contributes to the animals’ suffering.