What's For Dinner, Deer? Zoo Serves Up Park Animals at Its Restaurant

Brittany Jones Cooper

To prevent overcrowding, the wildlife park kills deer and serves them at the zoo’s restaurant. (Photo: Thinkstock)

This zoo takes farm-to-table to a whole new level.

In a move that shocked animal lovers around the world, the Langenberg Wildlife Park outside of Zurich, Switzerland confirmed that guests at the zoo’s restaurant can eat meat from the park’s animals.

We’ll give you a minute to let that sink in.

100 animals are born in the park every year, and if there isn’t enough space to house them, they are killed, and served at the restaurant.

Martin Kilchermann, a spokesperson for the park, told the online news site Der Landbote that the meat was “very ecological” and showed visitors the animals’ “natural cycle.” He added, “The majority of our guests show goodwill and support our approach.”

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The zoo’s restaurant features wild boar roast straight from the park. (Photo: Thinkstock)

In 2012, Kilchermann said that 49 deer and 10 wild boar were “recycled” for human consumption. The restaurant appropriately features deer cutlet and braised wild boar roast on its menu.

In an interview with RT, Andreas Rüttiman from the Foundation for the Animal in the Law explained that while this practice may be startling, it is also completely legal. “It is allowed by general law to kill zoo animals such as deer or pigs and deliver the meat obtained in this way to restaurants.”

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