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Ethiopian zoo poisons rare lions to cut costs, official says

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posted on Nov, 22 2006 @ 04:59 PM
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With global warming and hunting being a threat to rare and endangered spieces,to see this is appauling.Killing them?And i suppose there was no other way to cut costs.Again the world shows the importance of the dollar over life itself,sad.


(CNN)-ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- A major zoo in Ethiopia is poisoning rare lion cubs and selling the corpses to be stuffed because it can't afford to care for the animals, which are the national symbol, the zoo's administrator said Wednesday.
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"These animals are the pride of our country," Muhedin Abdulaziz of the Lion Zoo told The Associated Press. "But our only alternative right now is to send them to the taxidermist."
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Ethiopia's lions, famous for their black manes, adorn statues and the local currency. The country's emperors were long fascinated by lions, part of their connection with Solomon, the lion of Judah.
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Wildlife experts estimate that only 1,000 Ethiopian lions, which are smaller than other lions, remain in the wild.

The Lion Zoo has poisoned six cubs so far this year, Abdulaziz said. He added that the poisoning has been going on at least since he arrived two years ago; the total number of cubs killed was not clear.
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posted on Nov, 25 2006 @ 02:07 PM
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thats retarded they should just let go in the wild or something



 
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