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Copenhagen lion cull:  European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Response

The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) has been informed of the humane cull of four lions at Copenhagen Zoo Monday. African lions breed well and do not fall under the remit of an EAZA breeding programme at this current time. The Association notes that Copenhagen Zoo has not broken any of its codes of conduct, and that the zoo has been consistent in its approach to animal population management, and high standards of animal welfare. Copenhagen Zoo takes an approach that good welfare in the pride is stimulated and enhanced by natural cycles of reproduction and that cub rearing is an essential part of pride activity. As a result, while EAZA regrets the death of the animals in question, we recognize the right of Copenhagen Zoo to humanely cull them in line with their policies.


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