German Zoo Says it May 'Slaughter Animals to Feed Other Animals' Due to Coronavirus Shutdown

Some disagree, however, that the zoo is anywhere near having to put their worst-case-scenario plan into effect.

Lea Schmitz, a spokeswoman for Deutscher Tierschutzbund, a German animal welfare association, told the outlet, “Zoos bear the responsibility for their animals — even in times of crisis.”

“Instead of conjuring up horror scenarios, the Neumünster Zoo should do everything possible to get its animals through this crisis with its own financial reserves, if those are available, government aid or other public funds,” she added.

As of April 16, there have been 130,450 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Germany and 3,569 deaths. Worldwide, the pandemic has killed at least 136,000 people and sickened more than 2 million, according to a Times database.

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