Stop Zoo From Killing Healthy Animals

Target: Bo Kjellson, CEO of Boras Djurpark animal park, Sweden

Goal: Do not euthanize innocent healthy animals to decrease zoo population or expenses.

A zoo in Sweden has killed nine baby lion cubs in the past six years for no reason other than that it could not afford to keep them. The CEO of Boras Djurpark, Bo Kjellson, seems to have no qualms about these senseless killings. It is the zoo’s policy to maintain breeding programs in order to ensure diversity in its wildlife, but when more animals of certain species are no longer needed, it is common for them to be killed. “If the animals cannot be moved to other zoos or if they are rejected by their group,” they are needlessly euthanized.

Kjellson stated, “It’s no secret in any way and we do not try to hide that we’re working this way,” and called this cruel and indifferent killing “a natural path for groups of lions.” Lions are listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Endangered Animals; but even for species that are not at risk of extinction, this zoo’s practice is inhumane and unacceptable. Sign below to demand that the zoo stop killing healthy animals.


Dear CEO Kjellson,

The flippancy and carelessness with which Boras Djurpark seems to regard the lives of its animals is cruel and inhumane. Euthanizing  healthy animals simply because the zoo does not want or cannot afford so many of a species is not an acceptable solution.

Is is not a “natural path” for nine healthy lion cubs to be senselessly put down over the course of six years. If other zoos are unable to take these animals then perhaps there are sanctuaries that can, or perhaps circumstances will change over time. Killing baby lions is absolutely not the answer. I urge you to stop the needless killing of healthy and innocent animals at your zoo.


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Photo Credit: Karen Abbott/Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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  1. Gwenna Carlson says:

    My email address does not have a typo. Stop judging people’s spelling of something as personal as addresses. My address is in the Cherokee language. I would like to sign some of the available petitions but cannot because of your shortsightedness.

  2. Vickie Carroll says:

    My email doesn’t have a typo…either of the ones I used


    Just wow. So you mean that no one in the world is able to take these innocent lives. That’s what you’re trying to say?

  4. Cathy Flynn says:

    I knew it was in northern Europe. What is WRONG with those people? ? Heartless and idiotic planners. Absolutely reprehensible. They should be ASHAMED of themselves.

  5. Marina Dean says:

    My email address doesn’t have a typo. It says this every time im trying to sign ya’lls petitions. Also, this has got to be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Aren’t lions like endangered? They’re vanishing fast due to poaching, trophy hunting, etc. So why on earth would you want to kill perfectly healthy cubs instead of raising them, establishing prides and releasing them to boost dwindling populations?

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