Horrific Swedish Zoo Fed Slaughtered Animals To Slave Workers [REPORT]

on October 19, 2012 11:53 AM EDT

Lion Cubs at The Olands Zoo
photo: YouTube.com (Photo: YouTube)

The Ölands Animal and Amusement Park in Sweden was criticized earlier this week when former employees revealed that the zoo kept animals in horrific living condition, and is now being outed for the nauseating practice of feeding slaughtered animals to guest worker who work in slave-like conditions. Workers were fed goats, hens and pigs that were clubbed to death or had their throats slit before receiving a fake injection to make it appear that killings were humane.

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Workers are brought in from Poland and Bulgaria and the guest workers live in deplorable conditions during the busy summer months. One caretaker told a Swedish newspaper "people say the animals are treated badly, but if they only knew what the situation is like for the employees. The guest staff work under slave-like conditions, 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with no entitlement to sick leave or days off. Those who complain have to take the return bus back home."

Another worker told The Daily Mail that employees "often had to eat monkey food. Old bread and old fruit which had been donated to the park by local grocers on the island or nearby Kalmar on the mainland."

Another worker, Caroline Ryding, told the paper that she quit after the abuse became too much for her to bear. The breaking point came when a Brazilian aardvark was beaten to death with a crowbar to save on veterinary costs.

And, in a more high-profile incident, two lion cubs starved to death because park officials denied workers requests to bottle feed the animals when their mother began neglecting them. It wasn't until after the cubs death that the park took action to save the rest of the litter. During the ordeal the cubs were hidden from public view. Former employees also reported to Sveriges Radio that an ape died after having a miscarriage because the staff waited too long before calling a vet.

Zoo spokesperson Hans Uhrus told The Local that " the county administration in Kalmar carries out regular controls of our operation through inspections, in accordance with the animal protection laws among other things. They have no complaints against the park," he said, adding "At the park, we always take good care of our animals."

Uhrus' claims were supported by the park resident veterinarian Karl Johan Nordfelt. He told The Local that "as the park's veterinary surgeon I visit the park at least once a week to see the animals and how they are kept. The animals' well-being is checked everyday by the staff on site and I control how they are kept during my regular visits. I have nothing to criticize in the handling of the animals in the park."

Despite employees claims there has been no word on any official investigation or legal action against the park.

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