Activists demand death for baby bear

OK, so save the baby seals, but kill the baby bears--is that right?: Photo from Backgrounds Archive
OK, so save the baby seals, but kill the baby bears--is that right?: Photo from Backgrounds ArchiveCourtesy Backgrounds Archive

There's a line attributed to George Orwell: "Some ideas are so wrong, only an intellectual could believe them." This story is exhibit A.

Last December, a polar bear in the Berlin Zoo gave birth to two cubs. The mother abandoned her offspring, as wild animals sometimes do. The first cub died. The zookeepers intervened and have raised the second cub by hand.

Now, "animal rights" activists are demanding that the zoo kill the little cub. Seriously. They actually claim it is cruel to keep the cub alive, saying it will suffer humiliation if it is kept as a pet.

Listen to the words of these "animal lovers:"

"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.

Y'know, when I was 10 years old, I would do the stupid things that 10-year-old boys do. And my mother in her frustration would sometimes ask, "Do you sit on your brains?" I would ask the same thing of these people, except that would imply they actually have brains to sit upon. Keeping an animal alive is inhumane? Wild animals experience human emotions? Wild animals cannot be domesticated? It boggles the mind that a person can actually be this stupid and still live.

(Though perhaps not for long. Recently, another "animal lover" broke into the cheetah cage at the Belgian Zoo to be with the cats that she loved. The cheetahs had her for lunch. A zoo spokesman, who really should know better, said "the cheetahs betrayed her trust." It's difficult to say who's the bigger fool: the lady who got into the cage with the wild animals, or the spokesperson who thinks wild animals recognize "trust." Yikes.)

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Thor's picture
Thor says:

Last night on the news, I saw another story about a zoo that has found a unique way to raise two tiger cubs. They were abandoned by their mother at birth. But the cubs have been put in a pen with a mother sow and her piglets and the cubs feel that they're part of the family. That is, I guess, until they get a craving to eat some bacon!

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 7:02am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

All Knut, all the time: Der Spiegel magazine has a Knut news aggregator.

posted on Tue, 07/24/2007 - 8:33am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Two tiny polar bear cubs at the Nurenburg Zoo (in Germany) were apparently eaten by their mother when zookeepers decided not to intervene. A third cub, at the same zoo, was "rescued" when its mother started to show signs of rejecting it. The incidents revived "debate in Germany about the ethics of allowing nature to take its course in the decidedly unnatural environment of a public zoo."

For more, here's a link to an article ("Germany's polar bear cub quandary") in Time.

posted on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 12:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that is so sad about the baby polar bear they should not kill it that is one of the meanest things ive ever heard

posted on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 12:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that is so mean about the baby polar bear i hope it is not killed

posted on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 12:50pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Baby Knut is all growed up, and apparently decidedly less cute.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 12:06pm
buzz's picture
buzz says:

this is such a cute polor bear!!!!!!they should not kill them!!!!!

posted on Thu, 10/30/2008 - 5:05pm

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