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Unbearable Cruelty

Posted by Adam Graham on March 21, 2007

Cross-posted from WhereIStand:

In the early scenes of the movie "Amazing Grace," social reformer and abolitionist William Wilberforce stops a man from beating his horse to death. Wilberforce had a great affinity for animals of all sort and didn’t appreciate cruelty towards them. 

While, I’ve never owned many animals, senseless cruelty to them bothered me. Certainly, some animals are killed for meat, and an animal is not superior to a man. But still, merely doing harm for its own sake is a great evil. 

 I remember my gut-turning at the Columbus Zoo when kids jumped up against the glass and violated zoo rules by scaring Gorillas into charging into the glass. In Idaho, a State Rep. introduced a bill to take dog fighting from a misdemeanor to a felony and I would be supportive of the measure if there were actual proof that Dog-fighting was going on to any degree that a new law would make a difference. This story out of Germany is amazing in it’s absurdity and cruelty:

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. 

When Knut was born in December, his mother ignored him and his brother, who died. Zoo officials intervened, choosing to raise the cub themselves.

But Albrecht and other activists fret that it is inappropriate for a predator, known for its fierceness and ability to fend for itself in the wild, to be snuggled, bottle-fed, and made into a commodity by zookeepers.

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.

A tad absurd, isn’t it? If you’re dead, you can’t very well interact with other polar bears. In addition, according to zoo staff, there’s another problem for these clueless animal rights supporters:

But Berlin Zoo holds different opinions. It’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."

Schuele also argued that given the increased rarity of wild polar bears, it makes sense to keep them alive in captivity so that they can be bred. "Polar bears are under threat of extinction, and if we feed the bear with a bottle, it has a good chance of growing up and perhaps becoming attractive as a stud for other zoos," he said.

But though it might save the species, it would be "unnatural." 

Dan Riehl said it best:

The animals in this story aren’t the polar bears. It’s the nut jobs who think to prove you care for the animal, you have to put it to death.

What so bothers these animal rights activists that a cute bear has to be executed for its own good? I’d consider several things as key:

1) Nature First, Life Second

Many "animal rights" folks and enviromentalists don’t love the environment and nature, as much as they hate man’s interferrance in it. When I left Montana, the state’s land was on fire again. The Clinton Administration’s policies directly escalated the number of wildfires in Montana. My last time in Glacier before leaving, I couldn’t go past the tourist center, the smoke was so thick. 

It was thanks to policies like, "Let it burn," which discouraged fire suppression efforts and led to larger and large fires. The Clinton Interior Department insured loggers couldn’t go in and log high risk areas resulting in thousands of acres of trees becoming nothing more than fuel for out of control fires. A special hatred seemed reserved for loggers. Environmentalists even opposed them going into burned out areas and removing trees. One said on the local news, "I’d rather see it rot."

Forest fires are incredibly natural and so are the deaths of hundreds and even thousands of animals, but if its natural, it must be good.

2) Life Is Only Worth Living If It’s Optimal

Knut is better off dead because he is not going to have the optimal polar bear life:

A woman in Spain comments on how absurd this is:

I could understand putting the animal down if it was destined to be released into the wild (obviously being raised by humans it could never fend for itself in the wild) but as it never was and never will be could somebody please explain to me why on earth put it down. I thought that all animals that live in a zoo are dependent on humans for their welfare and if the only reason to put Knut down is because he is dependent on humans then surely the same applies to all animals that live in a zoo.

Of course she’s correct. The argument against Knut is reminiscent of a pro-choice canard that children are better off dead than raised in circumstances far from ideal. If a human should be killed, doing it to a polar bear is small beans in comparison. After all, wasn’t it the mother polar bear’s right to choose?

Regardless, this absurd attempt to destroy a polar bear for no good reason is over according to the zoo. The idealogical struggle that spawned it on the other hand is har from at an end.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

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3 Responses to “Unbearable Cruelty”

  1. Unbelievable. As I read the story I couldn’t help but think of a pro choice argument used recently. It’s the exact same argument! Kill it because it might not have the best shot at an optimal life.

  2. Well said. Stories like this burn me. “We could save a life, but let’s not because it’s worse for something to be loved and alive than to be dead.”

    Any surprise that most of these people also support abortion?

    Sorry, the book I read holds all life important to God – and holds us accountable for the things we deliberately destroy, human or animal. And while I’m right with you that as between humans and animals, there is no contest, destroying an animal for absolutely no good reason is beyond stupid, beyond ridiculous, beyond insane.

  3. Adam Graham [Member] said

    Agreed. It’s beyond insane, it’s evil.

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