March 21, 2007

Kill The Whitecoat. For Its Own Good.

The Newfoundland government should call a news conference to offer little Knut refugee status - or send a sealer to film the slaughter.

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. Activists argue that it is inappropriate for a predator, known for its fierceness and ability to fend for itself in the wild, to be snuggled

"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."

(Knut's blog).

Posted by Kate at March 21, 2007 1:20 AM

Absolutely Euro-pathetic. Could it be that mama bear was smart enough to sense that there was no future for her cub in that environment? Hence the rejection.

Posted by: Chris at March 21, 2007 2:05 AM

Berlin Zoo -- chief vet Andre Schuele says the activists' criticisms would make him angry if he could take them seriously.--. "Polar bears are under threat of extinction,

Why doesn’t he just tell them to folkenzee off instead of shovelling them some BS.

“According to new research, the numbers of the giant predator have grown by between 15 and 25 per cent over the last decade.
A leading Canadian authority on polar bears, Mitch Taylor, said: "We’re seeing an increase in bears that’s really unprecedented, and in places where we’re seeing a decrease in the population it’s from hunting, not from climate change."
Mr Taylor estimates that during the past decade, the Canadian polar bear population has increased by 25 per cent - from 12,000 to 15,000 bears.

He even suggests that global warming could actually be good for the bears, and warns that the ever-increasing proximity of the animals to local communities could mean that a cull will be required sooner rather that later if bear numbers are to be kept under control. “

Posted by: Cal at March 21, 2007 2:11 AM

In case anyone is interested, on Sunday March 24 the "Mother Earth" organization is staging a "We-Must-Kill-The-Baby-Bear" sit-in, in the sure-to-be-crowded "Sideward Fists" room at the Misanthropist Centre in downtown Fcsjustgiveitup.

Keep hope alive.

Posted by: EBD at March 21, 2007 2:25 AM

Why didn't you write that before I did the post?

Posted by: Kate at March 21, 2007 2:31 AM

Cal notes that "Chief vet Andre Schuele says the activists' criticisms would make him angry if he could take them seriously". That's pretty much how I feel about it too. I know, I'm anthropomorphising, but Knut and I have a lot in common, from being hand-fed, to liking being snuggled, to sleeping in caves, to having a lot of fur and strong claws, and to just generally being cute. Maybe it would be better if Knut just killed his real enemies, those who are anti-bear because they are anti-life. Those who want earth to be a pristine ball of dead rock.

Posted by: Vitruvius at March 21, 2007 2:43 AM

"Absolutely Euro-pathetic. Could it be that mama bear was smart enough to sense that there was no future for her cub in that environment? Hence the rejection."

Too bad bears cant have abortions. I m pro-choice. For bears, of course.

Posted by: papabear at March 21, 2007 3:09 AM

OMG! I can't wait to show this to my daughter, so she can show it to her vegan-PETA-loving friend and get some headspins.

*hmmm, how to arrange being there for the view*

Posted by: Candace at March 21, 2007 3:44 AM

Wee Knut is a "one-off" and he deserves to be fed and cared for in a zoo - it's not like there are millions of captive polar bears.

If anyone deserves a lethal injection it's the econazis and PETA types who would condone the deaths of millions to achieve their own demented ends.

All animal rights activists are ipso facto insane; animals don't get rights because rights can only exist in tandem with responsibilities. Last time I checked, no polar bear paid taxes.

Even my dog - smart miniature schnauzer that he is - has been notably lax about completing high school and getting a job.*

* On the other hand, as I went out the door in the wee hours to brave the London Underground commute work this morning, he was languidly stretched out across my bed, having been walked, fed and watered by me. Who's really the smarter one here?

Posted by: JJM at March 21, 2007 7:15 AM

According to these same eco-freaks, polar bears are endangered because of CO2 emissions--therefore--removing eco-freaks and their overly loud expulsion of CO2 would be more beneficial to this tiny bear and the environment than killing the cub and giving legitimacy to the eco-freaks, wouldn't it?

Posted by: George at March 21, 2007 8:30 AM

well the euros, the Krauts in particular are evolving.

65 years ago they would have killed the zookeeper to get their hands on the cub and then euthanized everyone who wasn't hard as Krupp steel and had soft feelings about the killings.

The nazis have just morphed into the politically correct euro-weenies.

Posted by: Fred at March 21, 2007 8:46 AM

Well well well...the animal Nazis have taken a step forward in formenting their twisted idealism...seems they have evolved it to a pinciple which they are willing to allow someone else to kill for...we have yet to see if they are prepared to die for their convictions yet but perhaps we can hope they will in the future.

What IS on display here is the whole core psycosis of animal welfare fanaticism...the nasty spoiled child syndrome; which holds that if things cannot go their way they want to destroy the game. In this case if they cannot show they are moraly superior to the zoo keepers they want the animals destroyed. The just want their way.

PJ Orourke must have had thses murderous bunny huggers in mind when he wrote this:

“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic, and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.”

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at March 21, 2007 9:15 AM

I wouldn't stand in the way of these freaks getting a one time taste of their own medication. As Dennis Leary sagely said, "It's time to thin out the herd."

The biggest threat western civilization faces isn't global warming, or Islamofascism - it's malignant leftoiditis.

Posted by: irwin daisy at March 21, 2007 10:33 AM

It's pretty obvious that it wouldn't take much for these humanity hating demented little envirno fascists to cross the line at some point and join the demented religious fascists in strapping on suicide belts to make their point.

I predict that as time passes we will see an alliance with funding, cross training, mutual sympathy, between some leftist factions and the Islamofascist terrorists.

Posted by: penny at March 21, 2007 10:57 AM

I certainly abhor the idea of euthanizing Knut because of his anticipated quality of life. However I am distressed to see, in the YouTube clip, that the full grown polar bear behind the zoo keeper in the interview shots is carrying out repetitive head bobbing and weaving behavior.
It's too reminiscent of the Stanley Park Zoo. In the late 60's or early 70's we were fascinated by the arrival of 4 or so baby polar bear cubs. I think we were told they were orphaned. Vancouverites went nuts over these cubs and the zoo was crowded every Sunday afternoon. They lived in what looked to me to be a pretty interesting environment albeit it concrete. Twenty years later at least one of the now grown cubs was carrying out the same head bobbing and pacing behavior you see in the You Tube video. It was not funny. It was common knowledge then that this was a reaction to stress in the same way that people cope badly by performing compulsive behaviors.

I hope for Knut's sake that either animal psychiatry has advanced to include polar bear prozac,or, that zookeeper technology has improved to prevent that level of stress in captive animals.

Have a good life little Knut, we're rooting for!

Posted by: Jeannette at March 21, 2007 11:07 AM


Posted by: spurwing plover at March 21, 2007 11:15 AM

...wonder how many Europhiles will turn red with blood over this one?

Posted by: tomax7 at March 21, 2007 11:24 AM

Euro-philes are as good as an extinct species ... so they obviously can't stand to see other species survive.

Coming to a Civilization near you ... Europhiles; the Road Kill of History

Posted by: Paul at March 21, 2007 12:39 PM

Animal Nazies scream a lot but never seem to do much constructive.

We have a couple of rescued Polar bear cubs. The zoo pros / vets likely have a better than average idea of how to ensure the cubs health.

My months in Churchill provided no insight to Polar bear mechanics, yet I suspect very cold SALT, [antiseptic] water is important to their well-being.

Polar Bears swaying back and forth all day in a Zoo seems EVIL to this amateur.

If we can afford to enjoy hockey in a refrigerator, then we have an obligation to allow polar bears to enjoy refrigerated life also. . . with a big salt water pool. = TG

Posted by: TonyGuitar at March 21, 2007 12:59 PM

We sure don't want to see any evidence or symptoms of stress in animals! After all, we humans have got a lock on that.
Perhaps animal treadmills is the answer, or scaring them badly on occasion. That would provide both the excersize and the striving for survival that is natural to them.
On a more seious note, if we insist on animals being held captive, we should try to make their habitat enviro-friendly; but I suspect that some animals, like humans, will have stress simptoms no matter what!

Posted by: al-lea at March 21, 2007 2:44 PM

What a bunch of nutbars !
Maybe they believe they are saving the bear from drowning in the rising Arctic waters !!!!!

Little Knut - ENJOY

Posted by: Barbara at March 21, 2007 2:57 PM

Starving a bear cub for the simple reason you anthropomorphize it to the extent you think your demeaning it. Is quite simply insane. I believe the bear would like to eat, hand or no hand.

They would kill the world for a thought. Life is just so much scum to these dealers in flesh . In the name of life they slay for dogma, if not Disney corp.

Death seems to be the only thing these people approve of. It seems ideas do kill. Left ones more surly than others.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at March 21, 2007 7:58 PM

I see absolutely nothing wrong with raising this orphaned cub like a pet. He's destined to live in a zoo because he wouldn't survive in the wild being orphaned. sociallizing with humans and learning gentle behavior early will enable a happy life for him at the zoo. The problem is with these eco-nuts capturing 'truly' wild animals and trying to provide an artificial environment for them so they can be paraded in their "natural state", no wonder those bears were stressed! It is foolish to try and keep zoo animals wild; this is the ultimate cruelty.

Posted by: Affliction at March 21, 2007 7:59 PM

the ultimate cruelty is to kill the bear, his blood on their hands

Posted by: kelly at March 21, 2007 11:18 PM

No the ultimate cruelty is to allow an animal to suffer; they would euthanize it with chemicals and it would peacefully go to sleep. I had a dog I had to put down once and it broke my heart to see her go. She had ostiosarcoma (bone cancer) and all the painkillers wern't enough. To put down a healthy animal for no reason should be criminal!

Posted by: Affliction at March 21, 2007 11:57 PM

Some animal rights jerk in gemany wants them to kill a baby polar bear becuase he thinks its wrong for it to live in captivity what a idiot i mean they need to protest animals from these PETA idiots and jerks brainwashed on too much BORN FREE and FRE WILLIE. SQUAWK SQUAWK PETA IS COMMING HIDE HIDE

Posted by: spurwing plover at March 22, 2007 9:50 AM

I think this is GREAT!!! Animal rights apparatchik calls for the death of cuddly white fur ball? BWAHAHA!!!!

I love it when these morons say what they really think. Awesome! Rage on, animal rights whackos!

Posted by: The Phantom at March 22, 2007 10:36 AM

A line of hunters should stand between the cub and the "humane activists".

"What you do to it....we do to you."

pathetic whacko nutbars.

Posted by: Nightmare at March 22, 2007 12:08 PM

See, animal rights zealots WILL support the seal hunt. All we have to do is get zoos to adopt all the seals. Then PETA and the rest will practically be begging sealers to club the little buggers.

Posted by: dr_dog at March 22, 2007 7:15 PM

Crazy animal rights wackos want to kill a little polarbear becuase of their rediclous ideas its like when a few years ago wildlife agents in OREGON were filmed killing hatchery reaised salmon and the eco-wackos opposed raising BALB EAGLES,WHOOPING CRANES,PERIGRINE FALCONS and CALIFORNIA CONDORS in capitivty becuase they think that the captive raised birds will contaminate the wild kind BUNCH OF ECO-FREAK IIDOTS

Posted by: spurwing plover at March 23, 2007 12:02 AM