The Berlin Zoo's abandoned polar bear cub Knut looks cute, cuddly and has become a front-page media darling, but an animal-rights activist insisted Monday he would have been better off dead than raised by humans.
"Feeding by hand is not species-appropriate but a gross violation of animal-protection laws," animal-rights activist Frank Albrecht was quoted as saying by the mass-circulation Bild daily, which has featured regular photo spreads tracking fuzzy Knut's frolicking.
"The zoo must kill the bear."
Yes kill the bear, the cute little fellow must die, forget the fact that he can be raised in the zoo and spend his life there, cradle to grave. The bear must die, the nuanced have spoken, death to the bear.
Albrecht told The Associated Press his beliefs were more nuanced than reported by Bild, though he applauded the debate the article had started. "If a polar bear mother rejected the baby, then I believe the zoo must follow the instincts of nature," Albrecht said. "In the wild, it would have been left to die."I don’t know about you guys, but I’m all for dropping this ratbag somewhere over the pacific and letting nature take care of the rest. And he’s not the only one with this ‘nuanced’ thinking.
The German animal rights organization "Four Paws" argued along similar lines, saying it would not be right to punish the cub for a bad decision made by the zoo. Other activists have also argued that current treatment of the cub is inhumane and could lead to future difficulties interacting with fellow polar bears. "They cannot domesticate a wild animal," Ruediger Schmiedel, head of the Foundation for Bears, told Der Spiegel weekly in its Monday edition.I guess if we were to argue that the bear can spend its life in the zoo, much like many other animals around the world, they’d whine that zoo’s aren’t right either. Better off abolishing all zoos and killing off the remaining ones. And these ratbags are actually animal rights activists.
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