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Zoo to come off NZ shelves - but it won't be because retailers pulled it

Zoo Weekly magazine will shut down - and a New Zealand family values group says good riddance.

Zoo Magazine Source: 1 NEWS

The final edition of the lads' mag, which is published by Bauer Media, will be released on October 12 this year, with the magazine saying in a statement that its closure was due to "tough retail conditions".

Family First NZ welcomed the closure, after it this week campaigned for the magazine to be removed from supermarket and store shelves.

Blogger Deborah Russell reacts to Family First’s calls for the lads’ mag to be taken off the shelves. Source: Breakfast

"The magazine normalises the sexualisation and objectification of women, teaches boys to be predatory, encourages sexual harassment and violence, and is harmful to young people," director Bob McCroskrie said in a statement.

The end of Zoo follows in the tracks of similar magazines Loaded, Ralph and FHM Australia in recent times.

The supermarket has hit back at those who are calling for lads’ mag Zoo to be taken off its shelves. Source: 1 NEWS

In August, Australian supermarket chain Coles committed to removing the magazine from its shelves, but New Zealand supermarket Countdown decided to keep it.