Women strip at Kiev zoo to protest animal deaths

Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 23:50

Kiev: A group of topless female protestors
today climbed onto the roof of Kiev`s crumbling zoo to call
for its closure and highlight the recent deaths of rare
animals.

The activists from the Femen all-women group, which often
targets politicians with its eye-catching protests, unfurled a
banner decorated with animal skulls above the main entrance,
reading "zoo morgue."

The women chanted "slaughterers!" and posed wearing
animal masks and sheets daubed with the words "killer" and
"slaughterer" before being grabbed by security guards.

"Every year... carries away the lives of hundreds of rare
animals, which die a horrible death from hunger, cold,
illnesses and unbearable living conditions," the group said in
a statement, calling for the authorities to close down the
zoo.

Concerns over the Soviet-era zoo were raised following
the unexplained deaths of animals including its only elephant,
40-year-old Boy, who died last year in what zoo officials said
was a poisoning case.

The zoo`s director said this week that two rare deer that
died recently at the zoo were also poisoned, Ukrainian
television reported.

Kiev prosecutors in May opened a probe into embezzlement
and fraud at the zoo under its previous director.

Zoos built in the Soviet era are now extremely outdated,
with cramped concrete enclosures and a lack of stimulation for
the animals.

In September police detained two activists from animal
rights campaign group PETA in Moscow as they attempted to
strip in a protest against the use of leather and fur in
clothing, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 23:50

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