The director of Magdeburg Zoo, Kai Perret has defended the decision to euthanase three generic tiger cubs in May 2008. The decision was based on the fact that generic tigers make no direct contribution to conservation and to keep and maintain such animals in the long term would harm the long term prospects of managed tiger cub species. The cubs were euthanased shortly after they were born.
The prosecution has accused Kai Perret and three of his employees of killing the tigers without reasonable cause in the May 2008.
Magdeburg Zoo had discovered than their male Siberian Tiger 'Taksan' was not a pure bred Siberian as was believed and therefore any progeny fathered by him would contribute nothing to the Siberian Tiger breeding programme of which the zoo is a participating member. Director Perret was correct in his decision to euthanase as no other reputable participating European zoo would have been prepared to take the cubs.
An animal welfare organisation lodged a complaint against Perret and his staff. If convicted they face fines and possible imprisonment of up to three years.
The real crime here is the the fact that the animal welfare organisation does not have the faintest idea of what a breeding programme is about. They are the ones who should be prosecuted.
It is hoped the the world community of reputable zoos and individuals who understand will give their maximum support to Magdeburg Zoo over this issue.
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