Russia: Government mulls measures to protect Russian zoo animals from Public dissection abroad

If European zoos continue to publicly dissect dead animals, Russia will have to review exchange agreements with such institutions, Environment Minister Sergey Donskoy has stated.

“If they continue to make such attempts we could reconsider all agreements with our colleagues. For me it is hard to even think about the possibility of our animals being shown to the public like this,” the minister told the Izvestia daily. “In any way, when we transfer some animals to foreign zoos, we always keep a record of their future fate,” he said.

Donskoy also added that the Russian authorities always request foreign partners to treat all animals with great care and this does not only include ones that were born in Russia.

The comment came days after the public autopsy of a dead lion in a zoo in the Danish city of Odense. It was performed in front of spectators, including small children. The stunt caused a global outcry, especially after the release of pictures and videos of children who started to cry when they saw the grizzly scene.
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READ MORE: Danish zoo dissects lion in front of spectators, incl children (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

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’s branch of The Local reported.

In pictures snapped at the dissection event, children are wincing and covering their noses.

People watch as a lion is dissected at Odense Zoo in Odense, Denmark October 15, 2015. © Claus Fisker / Scanpix Denmark

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, as cited by Reuters.

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."

"Zoos routinely over-breed and kill lions and thousands of other animals deemed surplus to requirements,” she added, as cited by AP.


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The zoo officials advertised the dissection on the zoo’s website.

“Be there when one of the zoo’s employees dissects a lion. There will be explanations when the animal is cut up and the heart, lungs and other body parts will be displayed,” the online invitation says.

In 2014, staff at Copenhagen zoo publicly killed an 18-month old giraffe, dressed the carcass and subsequently fed the meat to lions. This happened despite worldwide protests and attempts to save the animal, which although healthy, had a weak gene pool, which is not allowed by international zoological bodies. 
Source: www.rt.com
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