Why do some zoos euthanize healthy animals?
Marius the giraffe died on Feb. 9 from a shot to the head with a bolt gun. Workers at the Copenhagen Zoo then publicly dissected the animal and fed his body to the lions.
News of the incident horrified people worldwide, and the zoo faced backlash that included death threats to the zoo’s director, Steffen Stræde.
This week the Copenhagen Zoo is making headlines again after it euthanized four healthy lions — two adults and their 10-month-old cubs — by lethal injection.
Stræde said the zoo didn’t expect a public outcry like it received in the wake of Marius’ death.
"I think people are more enlightened after Marius," he said. “Marius hasn’t made us the least bit afraid because what we are doing is the most correct thing to do."
To understand the rationale behind his comments, you have to understand the history. Read more.