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Sad news shines light on zoo industry cruelty

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

I am sure you will have heard the tragic story of Marius the giraffe who was killed on Sunday at Copenhagen Zoo, dissected and fed to the lions. You may also have heard the story about Longleat Safari Park killing a family of their lions including cubs.

I am sure like me, you feel saddened and disgusted.

The zoos involved argued that they had no choice as these animals were ‘surplus’ to requirements. They had no space to house Marius and the family of lions were becoming too aggressive in their cramped home. It poses the question, why were these animals bred at all?

Marius was never destined to be released to the wild and nor were Henry the lion, his mate or her cubs. They were bred to spend their lives in unnatural, manmade surroundings because zoos make money from showing off exotic animals to people who like to see them.

Killing of ‘surplus’ animals is sadly the reality in zoos all over the world and is not just restricted to these two places.

At least 7,500 animals – and possibly as many as 200,000 – in European zoos alone are ‘surplus’ at any one time and many of them suffer a similar fate to that of Marius.

How we can help other animals 
The answer to this problem will not come from within the zoos, it is us who must take action by boycotting zoos and spreading the word on the reality of life for animals in these businesses.

Whilst it is too late to save poor Marius and the family of lions, you can still help raise awareness of his plight and that of the thousands of other animals in zoos, during Easter Weekend when we will be holding our Zoo Awareness weekend. We will release more information shortly but for now please let us know if you want to be involved and we can send you materials to help.

In memory of Marius, the family of lions and all animals who are killed inside zoos.

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  1. February 10, 2014 at 20:54

    As you say. Sad and disgusting 😥
    Another example of humans killing as the first option. There were other solutions for this problem, which was created by the zoo in the first place. Makes me so mad!!!!

  2. February 10, 2014 at 21:03

    There were other zoos which offered to take him and, I believe, a very large sum of money was offered to them as well. They just kept saying NO! They had no right to do this Can’t they afford to feed the other animals! IMO they are not fit to look after any of these animals. I watched a news broadcast in the UK last night and the man responsible seemed unable to justify his actions. He did, however, say he would do it again! They must not be given another chance to do this to another animal.There must be some way of bringing them to book for this .It is an abuse of position.

  3. February 10, 2014 at 21:55

    Reblogged this on SunnySideUp.

  4. February 10, 2014 at 22:14

    That is why I will NOT go to any zoo. I’d rather save up and go on wild life safari.

  5. February 10, 2014 at 23:30

    Reblogged this on THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH SO HELP ME GOD and commented:
    Yes, I heard…it’s,a crying shame…people have no idea that there will be a time when they will give an account for everything they have done in their life, whether good or bad!!!

  6. February 11, 2014 at 16:00

    Despicable, disgusting people.

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