The zoos and animal gardens in Germany are also suffering from the corona crisis. Due to the lack of income, they are under increasing pressure. Bankruptcies are imminent – but what will become of the animals?
The animal park Neumünster has drawn up emergency plans for the slaughter of its animals because of the existential corona forced closure. It also says who will be the last to go to the slaughterhouse in the event of a fall: the 3.60 meter tall polar bear «Vitus», said Zoo Director Verena Caspari.
Vitus, the polar bear- Neumünster
The background is that the zoo currently has no income from visitors and is only kept alive by donations. “We are an association,” said Caspari. “We do not receive any urban funds, and everything we have applied for so far has not yet been received by us. We currently only survive with donations.”
That’s enough. “But if – and that’s really the worst, worst case – if I run out of money to buy feed, or if it should happen that my feed supplier can no longer deliver due to new restrictions, then I would slaughter animals to feed other animals. “
But that would be the very last step.
“It’s not as spectacular as it sounds,” said zoo director Caspari. Because killing an animal in certain cases is even mandatory for animal welfare reasons.
“Before that, you could of course also try to sell animals to other companies. But that is not so easy with all animals.”
For example Vitus, the polar bear.
With a weight of around 700 kilograms, it is one of the largest of its kind in Germany.
“If things get really tough here and the zoo has to be dissolved, I can’t just put it in a box and transport it elsewhere.”
You can’t even get such a big animal with a colleague.
“It is not a pony that you can sometimes put in a donkey stable. It is a large predator for which you need an adequate system.” But Caspari is confident that it won’t come to that. Other animal parks had promised to send fish and meat to the Neumünster residents “if the worst case would happen,” she said.
The Nuremberg zoo also issued a press release to the public at the end of March: The Association of Zoological Gardens has confirmed that the zoos need an emergency aid program in the amount of 100 million euros.
“Unlike other facilities, we cannot simply shut down our farm – our animals still have to be fed and cared for,” said Jörg Junhold, President of the Association and Zoo Director in Leipzig.
“At the moment, however, we are working with no income and consistently high expenses.”
The seriousness of the situation can be seen from the fact that a single large zoo currently has to cope with a weekly loss of sales of around half a million euros.
The corona crisis also affects the animals – “the monkeys miss the visitors ,” says the Nuremberg Zoo director.
How critical the situation is can be seen in the case of Neumünster Zoo: Zoo director Caspari says: “In the worst case, I will have to euthanize animals before I starve them to death.”
Other animal parks would also deal with this question – even if one does not like to talk about it. To prevent the disaster, the zoo in Neumünster is asking for donations.
My comment: What a disgusting mix of self-pity and manipulation!
EVERYONE who has taken responsibility for so many other beings (or rather, has seized them against their will) must have reserves for at least a few months.
And I want to say: a zoo director can’t let tigers fly in and let elephants cart in from somewhere and then say: Oops, the Easter business failed, let’s put a few penguins to sleep!
This is about sentient and healthy living things and not about things!
As long as they served as crowd pullers and brought money to the till, each zoo director spoke of a “family”.
As soon as the crisis is there, they have to be slaughtered.
Zoos have to be closed forever, now is a good opportunity.
The animals belong in freedom and should be housed in national parks.
And THAT has to be financed with donations.
My best regards to all, Venus