See ' Magdeburg Zoo director defends tiger killing '
Then we had the most unfair convictions.
See ' Court convicts Magdeburg Zoo workers for killing tiger cubs '
Anyone in the zoo world who knew or understood breeding programmes fully understood the action taken by the Magdeburg Zoo and supported the zoo. Anyone in the world who really cared about tigers would have understood and supported the reasoning and why it was done.
There Follows supporting letters from the IUCN Species Survival Commission and WAZA:
IUCN fully supports responsible conservation breeding by zoos, and other ex situ facilities, as a component of species conservation. IUCN’s policy is enshrined in the IUCN Policy Statement on Captive Breeding (adopted in 1987) and the IUCN Technical Guidelines on the Management of Ex-situ populations for Conservation (adopted in 2002). Ex situ conservation breeding is also recognised and endorsed by the Convention on Biological Diversity as a legitimate and important aspect of species conservation. Within Europe such managed conservation breeding programmes in zoos and aquariums are coordinated by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) under the European Endangered Species.........read on.........
Ex situ conservation breeding is a core competency of modern zoos and its practice is mandated by the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN. To this end the regional association members of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) co-ordinate a regional series of conservation breeding programmes for a significant number of threatened and endangered species of animal around the world.
In Europe such cooperative breeding programmes are coordinated by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) within the infrastructure of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP). The definitive rationale of such programmes is aimed at securing the continued existence of such species within functional ecosystems in the wild state by providing a “genetic insurance policy” in the form of viable ex situ populations of such species.
However, for ex situ populations to function in this manner, the genetic integrity and demographic stability of the populations must be closely managed. This management takes on many forms and can, on occasion, include the euthanasia of individuals. Humane euthanasia, as a component of population management, and based on scientific
analysis of the ex situ population to ensure its.....read on......