by John Hawkins | March 20, 2007 1:18 pm
Groups like PETA use people’s love of animals as a fund raising hook. They give these groups money because they want to help the cute, fluffy little animals. But, what they don’t realize is that a lot of these groups are run by animal rights extremists who have bizarre beliefs relating to animals.
Case in point,
Tiny, fluffy and adorable, Knut the baby polar bear became an animal superstar after he was abandoned by his mother.
He rapidly became the symbol of Berlin Zoo, whose staff bottle-fed him and handed out cuddles in between.
At three months old, however, the playful 19lb bundle of fur is at the centre of an impassioned debate over whether he should live or die.
Animal rights activists argue that he should be given a lethal injection rather than brought up suffering the humiliation of being treated as a domestic pet.
“The zoo must kill the bear,” said spokesman Frank Albrecht. “Feeding by hand is not species-appropriate but a gross violation of animal protection laws.”
…They argue that current treatment of the cub is inhumane and could cause him future difficulties interacting with fellow polar bears. “They cannot domesticate a wild animal,” added Ruediger Schmiedel, head of the Foundation for Bears.
…(The Berlin Zoo’s) chief vet Andre Schuele says the activists’ criticisms would make him angry if he could take them seriously. “Polar bears live alone in the wild. I see no logical reason why this bear should be killed.”
This sounds like one of the liberal arguments for abortion, “We must kill the child now because he might not have an easy time of it later.” But, in this case, they’ve got to execute the Polar Bear because he might have a tough time getting along with other Polar Bears when he gets older.
PS: “(T)he humiliation of being treated as a domestic pet?” He’s a bear! He has no concept of domestic pets or humiliation. Geeze…
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