A Danish zoo has performed a public dissection of a dead lion, putting the animal’s intestines on display in front of dozens of children. The event comes a year after the controversial public killing and dissection of a giraffe in Copenhagen.
Spectators at Odense Zoo in eastern Denmark did not have to watch the execution of the animal – it was killed nine months before and put in a freezer. The lion was not sick or weak; the predator was killed due to an excess population of lions in the zoo, Denmark media reported.
In pictures snapped at the dissection event, children are wincing and covering their noses. But not all kids found the show disgusting. “It smelled really bad but it was exciting to see what the lion looks like inside. It’s cool that it was so similar to a human,” said 11-year-old Sofie Beyer, visiting the zoo in Odense.
The event was not left unnoticed by rights groups. According to Joanna Swabe, head of the Humane Society International/Europe, zoos have “an ethical responsibility” and should use contraceptive options “to manage reproduction, prevent inbreeding (and) maintain genetically healthy populations.”