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Copenhagen Zoo's explanation for killing lions doesn't wash
Copenhagen Zoo's explanation for killing lions doesn't wash

You would think that by now we would all have a pretty good idea of what a zoo is. But the killing of four healthy lions at the Copenhagen Zoo — just weeks after it put to death a healthy young giraffe that was of little genetic value — shows that the definition can vary widely. Does a zoo exist primarily to entertain audiences? Educate the public? Protect wild animals? Preserve the viability of species? All of those might be correct answers, but it’s clear that in the case of the Copenhagen Zoo, and, experts say, many other European zoos, zookeepers seem to lean more toward (d): the preservation of species. That means if they want to bring in fresh blood to prevent...

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