Knowsley Safari Park culling

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Found 10th Jan 2011
Just been pointed to this by someone..........it's not what you expect from a supposedly animal loving Zoo Park and no action to be taken.

"ANIMALS shot dead by keepers in culls at a top safari park were dumped to rot beside bins."

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Original Poster Sloth/Mod

Have to laugh at the Scum.

They have no natural predators to keep numbers down so it needs to be done by the park. Should be done by someone trained to do that though.

Local chinese must be fuming. Bet they're round there tonight.
Edited by: "greg_68" 10th Jan 2011

greg_68

Local chinese must be fuming. Bet there round there tonight.



Next Scum paper article indeed. "Merseyside Park, in bone trader shocker"

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I would have more respect for the photographer had she not gone to the daily scum, of all newspapers to choose.

Culling is a fact of life but procedures have to be followed, which clearly did not happen here and that is clearly wrong. But council and police have already investigated and things have been put right, why go public with the pictures now?

Note "standards nosedived after her partner lost his job last year" I suspect that is the real story here

The culling is acceptable, what is not is that untrained staff was allowed to do it, the first shot should be the kill shot, staff should have had extensive firearms training before being allowed to take "pot shots".

@ whoever said they should have stopped them breeding, how? By giving them drugs? Allowing breeding is natural and the way of nature.

The carcasses should have been better handled too not scattered as they are. If they are healthy though why not get a butcher in and feed the lions? Only unhealthy ones need the incinerating IMO.

super_leeds_86

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yes, especially since they have included the animals' pictures when they were alive and cute.

Serious H&S issues and I wonder why many of the animals in the article were not exchanged with other zoos. Many did not seem old and indeed they were described as 'culled', so why not send the rare deer stag to another zoo????

Shocking pictures.........................................................sell papers!

chesso

Serious H&S issues and I wonder why many of the animals in the article … Serious H&S issues and I wonder why many of the animals in the article were not exchanged with other zoos. Many did not seem old and indeed they were described as 'culled', so why not send the rare deer stag to another zoo????



Exactly! I thought that was the norm Chesso!

Marina

Exactly! I thought that was the norm Chesso!


It probably comes down to the fact that it's a lot cheaper to just shoot 'excess' animals and dump them.

You would have thought that some law was being broken if they kill animals who are on the CITES list, without some sort of authorisation..

chesso

It probably comes down to the fact that it's a lot cheaper to just shoot … It probably comes down to the fact that it's a lot cheaper to just shoot 'excess' animals and dump them. You would have thought that some law was being broken if they kill animals who are on the CITES list, without some sort of authorisation..



Shame isn't it, guess they may have broken a few rules and this publicity is going to do them no good either.


On a lighter note, when we went to the safari park, near the lions you're not supposed to open the windows, but i opened (a little bit) and started making 'roaaar' noises! X) One lion which was about to doze off then looked in our direction, it was so funny to watch my hubby panicking and driving fast! X) He was saying if you're that brave, get down and go to the lion, why are you calling it here! X)

Marina

Shame isn't it, guess they may have broken a few rules and this publicity … Shame isn't it, guess they may have broken a few rules and this publicity is going to do them no good either.On a lighter note, when we went to the safari park, near the lions you're not supposed to open the windows, but i opened (a little bit) and started making 'roaaar' noises! X) One lion which was about to doze off then looked in our direction, it was so funny to watch my hubby panicking and driving fast! X) He was saying if you're that brave, get down and go to the lion, why are you calling it here! X)


Seems like they have had only a mild tap on the wrist.

Don't try that trick in Kenya!!

That is horrifying.

Placing some sort of bin bag protection over them didn't really work either?

I think we'd have rather seen just the back end rather than the 'final look' snapshop on their faces.

Banned

chesso

I wonder why many of the animals in the article were not exchanged with … I wonder why many of the animals in the article were not exchanged with other zoos.



They are a business, giving your rare animals to other zoos takes away business from you and gives it to your competition.

Besides these animals should have been cut up on site and fed to the predators in other enclosures to save money and avoid this bad press.
Edited by: "lumoruk" 10th Jan 2011

Awwwww I have a season ticket for there too !!

lumoruk

They are a business, giving your rare animals to other zoos takes away … They are a business, giving your rare animals to other zoos takes away business from you and gives it to your competition.


Where rare animals are concerned modern zoos have captive breeding programmes and exchange animals based on extensive data bases ( to avoid inbreeding) for breeding purposes and for behavioural reasons.

Knowsley Safari Park say:
Endangered species are being added to the collection whenever possible, and we aim to play an active part in national and international breeding programmes. Many animals that are fairly common in Africa at the moment still have an uncertain long-term future, and some of the herds of African animals at Knowsley are now large enough to play an important role in ensuring that these species survive.

Our Pere David's deer herd is one of the largest in the UK. These deer were classified as extinct in the wild until the mid 1980's when a group of 39 deer went back to China as part of a project organised by the Zoological Society of London. Four of our deer formed part of this group returned to the 1,000 hectare Dafeng reserve. Now classified as critically endangered, they are protected from hunting on the reserve and the captive breeding herds such as ours at Knowsley are still very important to ensure the future of these deer.


Edited by: "chesso" 10th Jan 2011

were the bins not collected after xmas?

Ms Boyd, who quit her job in September, said: 'One morning I heard a gunshot and looked out to see a beautiful antelope I'd known for years being downed.'
She claims she compiled the chilling catalogue

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1345801/Animals-shot-cold-blood-left-rot-bins-Knowsley-Safari-Parksafari-park-worker-claims.html#ixzz1AeBI2f1Y

hold on: september? she waited this long to blow the whistle shes hardly wikileaks is she, i suspect she was holding on the photos till she got ££

Read more: dailymail.co.uk/new…tml

Banned

chesso

Where rare animals are concerned modern zoos have captive breeding … Where rare animals are concerned modern zoos have captive breeding programmes and exchange animals based on extensive data bases



You actually believe that mumbo jumbo? They aren't going to put in their leaflets "We shoot all our excess animals to avoid our competition getting hold of them"

Could have ebay'd them.

effingandjeffing

Ms Boyd, who quit her job in September, said: 'One morning I heard a … Ms Boyd, who quit her job in September, said: 'One morning I heard a gunshot and looked out to see a beautiful antelope I'd known for years being downed.'She claims she compiled the chilling catalogue Read more:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1345801/Animals-shot-cold-blood-left-rot-bins-Knowsley-Safari-Parksafari-park-worker-claims.html#ixzz1AeBI2f1Yhold on: september? she waited this long to blow the whistle shes hardly wikileaks is she, i suspect she was holding on the photos till she got ££ Read more:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1345801/Animals-shot-cold-blood-left-rot-bins-Knowsley-Safari-Parksafari-park-worker-claims.html#ixzz1Ae9VXUeH




Just like I said earlier.....more to this story than just the animals.

Did her partner get the sack, seems things were just not as good after he left the Park?.....revenge behaviour, or just greed money from newspapers. It is clear the park took the appropriate action while she still worked there. She left 3 months ago and NOW releases the pics

iglimpse

Just like I said earlier.....more to this story than just the animals.Did … Just like I said earlier.....more to this story than just the animals.Did her partner get the sack, seems things were just not as good after he left the Park?.....revenge behaviour, or just greed money from newspapers. It is clear the park took the appropriate action while she still worked there. She left 3 months ago and NOW releases the pics



I think you will find that these pictures were actually handed over to Knowsley Council at the same time as she resigned in September. The fact that they are coming out now after the council and police have finished their investigation shows a degree of self discipline where this woman is concerned. I would have taken them straight to the newspapers and shamed Knowsley. I mean how can a safari park of 39 years not know about correct methods of culling and animal by products. Disgraceful if a farmer left carcasses lying about like that he would be prosecuted.
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