A European zoo organization says it supports a Danish park's plan to dissect a year-old lion culled to avoid inbreeding, adding some of the online uproar disregards the educational part of it.

David Williams-Mitchell of the Amsterdam-based European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, on Wednesday said dissection is common in European schools and "is a very well-proven tool for teaching children about anatomy."

The Odense Zoo will dissect the lion Thursday during the schools' fall break.

The association, of which the zoo is a member, stressed the female lion was culled nine months ago after numerous unsuccessful attempts to find it a place in another park with "similar high welfare standards."

In February 2014, Copenhagen Zoo faced international protests after a giraffe was culled and dissected in front of children.