03 Aug '12, 8pm

Tell Zoos To Stop Euthanizing Baby Animals: Take Action!

Tell Zoos To Stop Euthanizing Baby Animals: Take Action!

In the US, zoos have chosen to use contraception to maintain animal populations. As Cheryl Asa, who directs the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Wildlife Contraception Center at the St. Louis Zoo , says to the New York Times , giving birth control pills to chimps and grizzlies means that “more animals can be well cared for” and that zoos can ensure genetic diversity among animals, by preventing inbreeding and preserving the broadest array of traits. It also means that zoos do not have to euthanize baby and young animals, when their genetic make-up is not what breeding programs calls for. Some zoos in Europe including the Copenhagen Zoo assert that it is actually better for animals to experience their natural behaviors of giving birth to their young and raising them. The young animals are taken from their parents at the age they would separate had they been in the wil and...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/tell-zoos-stop-euthanizing-ba...

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