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This week's cull has put the Copenhagen Zoo on the defensive again, a month after it infuriated animal rights activists by killing a healthy giraffe, dissecting it in public and feeding it to the lions.
necessary to ensure a strong pride of lions with the greatest chance of survival."
Each year, thousands of animals are euthanized in European zoos for a variety of reasons. Zoo managers saying their job is to preserve species, not individual animals.
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protests on social media, including an online petition with nearly 50,000 signatures Wednesday calling on the zoo to stop killing healthy animals.
Zoo officials hope the new male and two females born in 2012 will form the nucleus of a new pride.
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) A Danish zoo on Wednesday defended its decision to kill two aging lions and two cubs, citing the risk of inbreeding and the arrival of a new male.
the fact that she would have difficulties with birth and parental care of another litter," the zoo said.
The cubs were also put down because they were not old enough to fend for themselves and would have been killed by the new male lion anyway, officials said.
Managing director of Copenhagen Zoo, Steffen Straede stands in front of two lionesses at the zoo, in Copenhagen on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 A Danish zoo on Wednesday defended its decision to kill two aging lions and two cubs, citing the risk of inbreeding and the arrival of a new male. Nike Air Max Black Jumper This week's cull has put the Copenhagen Zoo on the defensive again, a month after it infuriated animal rights activists by killing a healthy giraffe, dissecting it in public and feeding it to the lions. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Jens Dresling)
In a statement, the zoo said it had to put down the lions to make room for the new, nearly 3 year old male, saying it wouldn't have been accepted by the pride if the older male aged 16 were still around.
Danish zoo defends lion killing after giraffe cull
In February, the zoo faced protests and even death threats after it killed a 2 year old giraffe, citing the need to prevent inbreeding.
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