midiamimesSurplus animals killed in Nature Park of Cabarceno, Spain

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Iberian wolf (Photo: Tim Strater)On 28th November 2014, eight wolves were shot dead at the Natural Park of Cabárceno. According to the zoo, an incompatibility between two groups of captive wolves had resulted in the death of at least three individual animals who had attacked each other.
According to the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), which represent 351 zoos in Europe, between 3,000 and 5,000 healthy animals are subject to surplus, and killed each year. Recognising there to be circa 4,000 zoos in Europe, the number of healthy animals slaughtered in zoos could amount to tens of thousands!
The statement from the zoo indicates that the sacrifice of these animals was to “maintain the viability of one of the groups.” However, reports indicate that the cubs of the killed animals are still alive and therefore likely to be surplus.
Jennifer Berengueras, spokesperson from ENDCAP member organisation, FAADA and Spanish coalition, Infozoos, has spoken out on this incident: ‘protection of our natural habitats and our wildlife can only be carried out in situ however according to EAZA, most zoos spends less than 1.5% of their income to conservation projects.’
For Cabárceno Nature Park, it is not the first time such sacrifice of animals has happened. In recent years, five tigers have died after being attacked by other conspecifics, and there have also been cases of adult bears having attacked their young.
ENDCAP is saddened by such news and calls on EAZA and European zoos to stop killing healthy animals in their care.
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Author: ENDCAP