Women strip at Kiev zoo to protest animal deaths
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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Zoos built in the Soviet era are now extremely outdated, with cramped concrete enclosures and a lack of stimulation for the animals.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.


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

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