GRAPHIC: Zebra Beheaded and Fed to Tigers at Norway Zoo

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Visitors to Norway’s Kristiansand Dyrepark zoo were confronted with a macabre sight last week: the beheaded body of a zebra was left in an enclosure.


According to NRK, the zebra’s body was left for tigers to tear apart and done so in public to “educate” visitors.

The scene has caused shocked people to post on social media, with many concerned about how seeing a headless zebra torn to pieces would affect children. The incident is reminiscent of what happened to Marius, the 18-month-old giraffe who was killed by the Copenhagen Zoo and fed to lions in 2014, causing outrage worldwide.

It’s common for zoos to kill healthy animals when they have too many. Between 3,000 and 5,000 healthy “surplus” animals are killed each year by European zoos alone. Breeding programmes serve no true conservation purpose because zebras and other animals born in zoos are rarely, if ever, returned to their natural habitats. They are often treated as mere baby-makers and visitor attractions in zoos’ “swap-and-shop” programmes, which give the public a false sense that something meaningful has happened.


The argument that zoos are educational doesn’t cut it, either. Seeing bored, depressed and often insane animals pacing, swaying or circling constantly teaches children nothing about normal animal behaviour – we certainly wouldn’t take our children to a prison in order to teach them about human behaviour. They can learn far more valuable and inspiring lessons by watching nature documentaries that show wild animals where they belong, going on virtual field trips or watching IMAX movies that feature animals filmed in the wild.

PETA urges everyone who genuinely cares about zebras and all the other individuals serving life sentences in zoos to avoid patronising such “attractions” and instead donate to campaigns that actually protect animals in their native habitats.



  • kathleen shutt commented on April 28, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Its time they were closed and people want to see them they should save and go and see them in their own surrounds it would be good for the tourist trade and might stop some of the poachers leave nature to nature.

    • Andrea Garfield commented on April 29, 2016 at 2:21 am

      I completely agree with you about closing all of the zoos! They are disgusting places for the entertainment of humans! It makes me sick to know that innocent and beautiful animals are so mistreated, abused and murdered!

      • Jessica commented on May 5, 2016 at 12:05 am

        I completely agree. We must have a way to stop all zoos and animal abuse. I could list about a million reasons why zoos should close. I’m glad other people are contributing to this effort.

      • la marca monique commented on May 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm

        I quite agree with you. No animals in circuses, no animals for games, entertainments.

      • Helen Reynolds commented on May 6, 2016 at 8:07 pm


      • Pamela Stallings commented on May 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm

        My students have been studying about zoos. We discovered that some zoos try to keep animals from becoming extinct, but we realize that zoos are a big money making industry and should be closed. Animals need space to roam like God intended. Unfortunately, much of their natural habitat has been destroyed as well, which is an equally huge problem. There really are no easy answers here, but we must act now.

    • Sue Hague commented on May 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      I agree completely to all the statements. The time of “The Zoo” is long gone. Time to close them down.

    • June Sharp commented on May 6, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      It seems like the Scandanavian countries do this on purpose & see nothing wrong in it. It is a shame, as I have a Norweigan background. I am appalled at this gross cruelty! Don’t close all zoos but DO close the ones like this one & others that are terrible.

    • Pauline commented on May 7, 2016 at 6:11 am

      I agree Kathleen and Jessica zoos should be closed . If you want to see wild animals go on safaris.

    • DIDI Magnin commented on May 8, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      THIS IS REALLY SICK! GOO FOR KIDS TO WATCH? We all know that lions eat zebras but…..

    • Jessica Orozco commented on May 9, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Well said Kathleen Shutt.!

    • Lorraine Greyvenstein commented on August 27, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Children can be educated about nature , and life and death by watching footage of the current war savaged zones on any news channel.

      Zoos serve no purpose other than “entertaining”
      members of the human species.

      I agree if you want to see wildlife go to a wild life game reserve . All zoos should be closed.

  • maria commented on April 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Absolutely sickening. They shouldnt breed so much and only genine animal lovers that are very trained should be given jobs

    • Mark commented on April 29, 2016 at 12:08 am

      Better idea: how about not breeding them for human entertainment at all in the first place?!

      • Jessica commented on May 5, 2016 at 12:05 am


      • la marca monique commented on May 6, 2016 at 5:31 pm

        Yes, I agree.

      • Pauline commented on May 7, 2016 at 6:13 am

        I agree Mark. I am saddened to see how wild animals are abused in the world today.

      • Jessica Orozco commented on May 9, 2016 at 10:33 pm

        I agree Mark.

  • anne paton commented on April 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Please close all zoos who feed animals this way and it shouldnt been seen by public more so children.

  • Miss Tracey Lane commented on April 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Yes, definitely! Zoos’ don’t have enough room for the animals to act like they would in the wild. Only endangered animals should be bred and solely for returning to the wild. Why does any zoo breed animals that are not endangered or rare. Those places should be closed!

  • Christina marshall commented on April 28, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Close all zoos

  • Lindsay Attrill commented on April 28, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    It is very cruelty animals and disgusting and it needs to stop it NOW!

  • Vincent commented on April 28, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I agree . Zoo must be closed . It is much better to appreciate the wild life and documental of wild life .

  • Helen Panayiotou commented on April 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Disgusting. Shut all zoos

    • Tito commented on April 30, 2016 at 3:23 am

      I SO AGREE!!!!!
      We are selling animal souls and beautiful wild life opportunities for ignorants’ entertainment!

    • la marca monique commented on May 6, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Yes, yes, all zoos should be closed.

      • Zara Haroon commented on May 21, 2016 at 9:04 pm

        I agree to animals should not have to go through all that pain.

  • Eugen Eschner commented on April 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Whats wrong with Denmark and Norway? Is this civiliced behavior what they are doing? Lets close all zoos.

  • Gumbo commented on April 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Yeah because it’s not like big cats in the wild eat zebras antelopes and such. .ffs

    • Malcolm commented on April 29, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Why was the zebra beheaded anyway answer would be nice

    • Jessica commented on May 5, 2016 at 12:08 am

      ummmm…. Think about that. But still, i get the point. All zoos should be banned from the world. And so should animal cruelty and abuse.
      I’m so sick of this.

    • Sharon N commented on May 9, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      In the wild, the zebras have a chance to run away.

  • helen petrie commented on April 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    close the zoos that do that its not right for the animals to feed like that in zoos if they were in the wild yes and they would need to hunt to catch there food kids do not want to see a headless animal in a zoo they want to see animals that are alive and well

  • Patricia Martin commented on April 28, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Shocking supposed to be preserving life they should leave the animals in the wild where they belong, just out to make money, its a disgrace !!?

  • Devin commented on April 28, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    This is horrible. I have only recently began to see the true horrors that zoos inflict on animals, and I can say I’m never going back. Perhaps some zoos are truly as animal friendly as possible, but we are still keeping animals in tiny enclosures. I feel that the same money could be put towards conservation programs through attendance at wild animal parks, where endangered species have more room to live.

  • susan samios commented on April 28, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    zoos should all be shut down if this is their way of dealing with things. Disgraceful. Disgusting.

  • ADRIANA FERNANDEZ commented on April 28, 2016 at 5:25 pm


  • Linda Lebedovych commented on April 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    This wonderful zebra could have been donated to another zoo. This is horrible.

  • Malcolm commented on April 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    If it’s dead what is the problem just warn the visitors they can decide then if they watch

  • Heidi McVey commented on April 28, 2016 at 6:04 pm


  • Glenys Logan commented on April 28, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Close all circuses using animals, shut down every zoo in the world. Abhorrent.

  • Caryn commented on April 28, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    God said the human heart is wicked because of the curse Satan is here to steal,kill and destroy all god’s creation read Genesis where the fall of man came from Adam and Eve original creation disobeyed God got kicked out of Eden a perfect place

  • moira brabender commented on April 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Not Norway again! You would think they would have got the message by now that this is disgusting in the eyes of the world. They cannot manage animals if they have too many. This poor zebra should have been given alternative choices to be out to a safari park or a sanctuary, but BEHEADING it for the public to come and view it being ripped apart for food is beyond belief. you only have to watch wildlife programmes to see how lions and tigers get their food. You don’t go to a zoo to see a zebra being touted for ‘Education.’ This zoo should be closed for once and for all.

  • Diane commented on April 28, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    There are no excess animals….idiots!!!

  • Jessica commented on April 28, 2016 at 11:55 pm


  • John Ursich commented on April 28, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    No fucking way what is wrong with this people !

  • Paul Stuart commented on April 29, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Zoo`s and water zoo`s are the worst for animals…No where to go,not much to do,24/365…So of the more intelligent animals sometimes go mad…Stand in place and rock back and forth,pace around,no healthy,etc….
    I wish some day these places will be banned or closed,for good…

  • Joan Falk commented on April 29, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Humans seem to mess up nature every time they interfere with what is natural. Killing a zebra& then feeding it to animals in front of the public is both insane & totally against humanity

  • Julia Jones commented on April 29, 2016 at 1:21 am

    I used to live in San Diego. The San Diego Zoo is highly acclaimed. I just didn’t really want to go, and I wasn’t sure why. I completely agree with PETA. They look bored, depressed and yes, I believe many were driven insane by captivity.

    Close these barbaric zoos, circuses, and Seaworld. The San Diego Wild Animal Park might be slightly better than the rest. But I’ve been so brainwashed myself, I don’t know. This is why I support PETA so much. Education (by the right people) is invaluable.

  • Heidi Lohrfink commented on April 29, 2016 at 1:55 am

    This is not “nature”. This is just horrific, cruel and disgusting. Shame on you!

  • Lell commented on April 29, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Presumably these animals eat meat every day, is it better then that it is indistinguishable meat, like the prepackaged stuff we buy in the supermarket? I understand that seeing a carcass of an animal is upsetting but every meal the carnivores eat means a death of something. Im very much against the keeping of any wild animal unless there is absolutely no choice, but they still need feeding.

    • Cynthia commented on May 1, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      So, in other words, you find the death of the zebra justified? It is ethically and morally wrong. The so-called zoo is supposed to protect animals, but instead they are more interested in shock value and profitability (even at the cost of animals’ lives that they themselves are entrusted to protect). This is absolutely disgusting. The animals would have been fed like the normally are. The next step will be to allow animals to kill one another and have people pay to see it.. oh, wait, this is already happening in one Chinese zoo. Zoos are dirty, disgusting places. I’m speaking to their lack of ethics and common sense. The only educational thing children can learn is that animals belong in the wild and are not here for our entertainment.

      • Alexandra commented on May 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm

        Where is the difference between a lion eating a zebra that has been killed by humans and a lion eating packaged meat from farm animals that have been killed by humans? Zoos are totally wrong, all of them should be closed. But do you really think a zebra`s life is worth more than, let`s say, a cow`s life?

      • Paul Stuart commented on August 28, 2016 at 3:12 am

        It`s disgusting that they raise animals just to feed the other animals at the Zoo`s…Over populate to Zebra`s so they have enough food to feed the lions,tigers,etc…These places need to stop..What they do to Elephants,Orca`s,Dolphins,Lions,Tigers,Bears ETC. all over the World is totally DISGUSTING…To see what the Mahoot`s in the African jungles do to baby Elephants after being taken from their mother and then tied down for weeks and tortured with fire,screaming,poking,touching,would break anyone`s heart…

    • Kim Keister commented on May 5, 2016 at 2:19 am

      I have to agree with you on that!

    • Sharon N commented on May 9, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      So if you fell into a tiger enclosure you wouldn’t want anyone to rescue you, then, as human flesh is nutritious to lions, right?

  • Zoe Jones commented on April 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Disgraceful!, disrespectful! and damn right unnecessary!…sub-human beings with no respect for the animals, scum!

  • Malcolm commented on April 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Next thing will be ban pigeon racing or ban fishing getting a bit silly now I’m sure these thing s will be next just stick to cruelty to animals

  • Demetrios E. Lekkas PhD commented on April 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    There is a liberal ideological irrational rationalist argument surrounding such acts in some Scandinavian countries, but it all rests on linear thinking and on a rigid negation or inability to see the full “holistic” picture; and it is cultural.
    As I keep howling over and over, here we go again: Hello, northern Viking neighbours, the Middle Ages are long gone; come into real time, cut the grin, come of age; don’t just think you are doing it, DO IT!

  • Marlo Hernandez commented on April 29, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    People know they don’t have any compassion for Animals humans or anything

  • Dawn commented on April 29, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Absolutely we should close the zoos. I am so tired and sickened by abused and starving animals. The habitats they live in are not even large enough for these animals to live in. Hate to see any wild animal stressed because it’s not their natural habitat. To much human contact is a issue too! Want all animals freed from all humans , especially the animals that are used for human entertainment. Just one more thing? No one on this entire earth has the right to own a wild animal or use them for their own selfish greed. Done with all this bullshit in the world. This world needs laws to protect wild life and consequences that will take affect heavily if found with one!! Sad world we are showing are next generation that we don’t care about wild life.

  • Sarva commented on April 30, 2016 at 2:08 am

    last year in that zoo a giraffe baby was killed by an antelope

  • JSREES commented on April 30, 2016 at 2:21 am

    1. what the heck isamatter with people.
    2. close the zoos if they cannot be any more humane than this… I would have been more than upset if my kid had witnessed something like this. It is one thing to hunt, but to needlessly kill is another.
    3. If you cannot maintain the animals at the zoo without this kind of garbage, then don’t run the zoo.
    4. Maybe it would be better to see them in their natural habitat and promote leaving the habitat for them without people in it..

  • Leo Cookson commented on April 30, 2016 at 7:15 am

    The evidence suggests zoos are fun for viewers but not for animals. The animals come first. In this technologically driven world, children can learn about animals in museums and on-line. And adults can travel.

  • Valerie Wells commented on May 1, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I agree we should close zoos. They existed originally to allow people to be able to see ‘wild animals’, be educated in what exotic animals looked like long before television and open travel for everyone. Their purpose is spent. We have conservation parks which allows animals to live in wider areas, although I do not like ‘confined’ parks, but they do enable animals near extinction to breed safely. I would
    Iike to see all creatures roaming in their natural environment but they are exposed to rich hunters and poachers to take advantage of them.

  • Kim Keister commented on May 2, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    In the wild these animals “DO” eat Zebra. It should not matter how the lions get it and eat it. It’s nature and people need to realize if this did not happen these large cats will get a bag of Cat Chow and tin of kitty food!

    So this is healthy and they are eating and not starving!

    • ALISON HANDLEY commented on May 6, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      I agree. If these animals were living in the wild it would be a much harder life for them. Has no one watched wildlife programmes? In zoo’s at least they get fed regularly and what they should be eating for their digestion. Cat’s are the only true carnivore and need meat to get the correct enzymes which their bodies cannot make for themselves. I do agree that some zoo’s could be better looked after but the ones I have visited such as Longleat and Marwell are excellent and they really care for their animals.

    • Sharon N commented on May 9, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      “In the wild these animals “DO” eat Zebra. It should not matter how the lions get it and eat it”.

      So if you fell into a tiger enclosure and you got eaten, that’s ok as the tigers must get their food somehow.

  • Malcolm commented on May 5, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Has anybody got any idea how the zebra died if it was natural I don’t see the problem just the head that’s got me how

  • Denise Tankha commented on May 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    While zoos had their uses before the advent of TV and movie documentaries, they are totally irrelevant today except as a means of earning revenue. When I was a child I thrilled at the prospect of a visit to the zoo. Alas! That is no longer true and I would consider a visit now both heartbreaking and disappointing. The day of the zoo is over. Let us be done with it.

  • Scott Turner commented on May 6, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Yes, zoos should be closed. I used to love looking at the animals when I was a child, but now I know that they’re nothing but holding tanks for animals. It’s for our sheer entertainment, not education. Animal refuges are a better way to save the populations that are going extinct because of our stupidity. Zoos are just sad!

  • Nancy Lowe commented on May 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Zoos need to be closed and animals set free in wild or sanctuaties.

  • Lorraine Stanley commented on May 6, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    All about money and greed stop this animal abuse just don’t visit these places

  • Robert Morrell commented on May 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Totally appalling, and perpetrated in a supposedly civilised country.

  • Aida Marina commented on May 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    What the Hell is wrong with Norway nowadays. Are some of the people so bored or apathetic that they would consider this education? Instead of “moving forwards”, some of these people are de-evolving.

    As the article stated, these people should probably take their children to prisons to observe how Humans behave as convicts, and what they should look forward in their own lives.

  • Cheryl travers commented on May 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Close zoos
    They do not create any natural environment or place of learning
    It’s purely confusing
    And drives this world of acceptance of keeping animsls behind bars
    And enslavened just like the ones in shelters and to be eaten etc
    Not at all healthy or good for anyone!!

  • Siovon Rowden commented on May 6, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you for enlightening me. I must admit that I went to longleat with my daughter and grandchildren last year and was shocked to see that a gorilla lived alone on an island spending his whole day watching tv. I was also surprised to see giraffes in a very small enclosure. I never realised how awful things were across Europe.

  • Marta Bastos commented on May 6, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    How insane and cruel humans can be

  • Fiona crarey commented on May 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Zoo’s should be closed down. Even as a child I’ve got bad memories of being drag around zoo’s didn’t like seeing bears pacing around looking crazy, I think I’d be crazy if I was in jail all my natural life why do Adults do this

  • Shirley Kowalewski commented on May 6, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    All zoos should be closed. They are torture chambers and teach children nothing good. When will we learn? How much suffering does it take?

  • Mansura commented on May 6, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I’m so disgusted by human behaviour! This cruelty needs to end! Please stop! Now!!!! :((

  • Roger Braga commented on May 6, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    It seems at least a couple of so called “Developed Western Countries” are imitating some of the worst practices found in many parts of China and a few other mainly Asian countries. These barbaric acts can only raise the question ~ Who are the REAL animals on planet Earth…?

  • Alison Meredith commented on May 6, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    well if we can stop circus’s having animals i am sure we could stop places like zoo’s and places like flamingo land having animals, they all need banning, Where i live in redcar in uk we have a butterfly world with insects and meer cats, Near where i live we have an owl centre any birds they get that are injured they are returned back to where they came from they are doing good things

  • Jo Ann Delcambre commented on May 6, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    All zoos should be closed!!!!!

  • Dave and Rita commented on May 6, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    This is a disgusting and cruel practice that European zoos use to feed animals! We say, shut them all down!!

  • Linda Rolf commented on May 7, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Zoos need to be outed for the harm they inflict on animals solely to line their own pockets. They need to be reformed starting with the ending of exhibit of large mammals. Zoos are like a secret society set up to maintain control of certain animals and their offspring. Animals suffer terribly every day just because we like exploiting them. If we are so intelligent and evolved, how can we let this happen?

  • sylvia raye commented on May 7, 2016 at 12:56 am

    zoos are nothing more than a prison for animals. a money making racket.

  • Daniela commented on May 7, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Sorry, but in the nature, they eat animals too. The visitor have to know, what kind of animals and how they look like. Of course a Tiger would never eat a Zebra! I know this is not the real nature.
    Think about, not all Zoo’s are so bad. We are lucky to have Zoo’s, then without a Zoo, no Bisons and maybe the Zoo is the only place where we can safe animals from Hunting.

    The only reason why the visitors go in to a Zoo is, they have babyanimals and what will the Zoo do when the babyies are adults, they have to sell them to a another Zoo or kill them.

    You are all here vegetarian or vegan people? Or you have no meat eater (animals) at home!?

    I agree to close bad and horrible Zoo’s.

    This is my opinion and everyone has their opinion.

    • Sharon N commented on May 9, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Yes, I am vegetarian because if an animal bites just one person, he gets put down even though hypocritical people eat animals all the time.

  • emma commented on May 7, 2016 at 10:49 am

    All zoos should be closed, worldwide, permanently. We have beautiful large screens and enough professional photographers to show us how gorgeous animals are. These innocent creatures should be left alone in their environment to live peacefully amongst themselves as nature intended. Humans are too greedy and cruel, so leave animals alone.

  • john commented on May 7, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    There is far too much of this sort of cruelty going on and by so called civilised countries . All of Europe, Canada with the seals to mention just one of many, Russia—the sables, bears, mink etc USA et al , Spain Bulls, Africa tigers, elephants etc. However not in my name , Close all zoo`s worldwide. The animals are not ours or for our amusement & entertainment, how are you going to teach children to respect life of any kind if they watch this sort of thing? REMEMBER …after you have killed the last animal, chopped down the last tree and fished the last river you will find out that you cannot eat money. It is time to start getting a grip on what is happening around us and this start with dumb animals and the environment . ….NUFF SAID.

  • Tired of Stupidity commented on May 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Ummm…this article is quite half there.
    1. How did the zebra die? Was it culled? Did it get put down due to disease? Did it just get raised to slaughter and feed to the big cats? The article doesn’t say.
    2. What in the hell do you think big cats eat in the wild? A salad? Tofu? Do you suppose that they are breatharians?
    3. Seeing nature at the zoo is “harmful?” What in the hell do you expect to see? The Acid Bears dancing in some technocolor chorus line?
    4. Life sentence? Are you for real?
    5. Zoos are not educational? Really? I suppose that everyone’s mommy and daddy can afford to send their ‘lil shoogums to the African savannah on holiday?

    This sort of mentally and intellectually bankrupt nonsense is why Europe and the UK will cease to exist as a civilization within 20 years. Her peoples cannot discern reality from wishful thinking

  • Nichola commented on May 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Leave the animals where they belong. In nature they only kill when hungry. Shameful zoos should be closed

  • Kath commented on May 10, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    This is like something out of a horror film. It almost seems like the zoos don’t mind over-breeding as they can use the surplus to feed their big cats. Truly disgusting and should be stopped!!!

  • Matthew Von Wenden commented on August 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    What IS wrong with Norway?

  • jackie montgomery commented on August 28, 2016 at 10:38 am

    more disgusting treatment of animals in a so called modern society. All zoos and circuses should be a thing of the past . The Human race seems to be going back to the old barbaric days instead of going forward into a better world, animals are important to our survival we should treat them with kindness and respect We have the ability but it seems not enough will.

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