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PETA Blames Zoo, Stress For Knut Death

From the website of the People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals:

Knut, Dead at Age 4

Knut, the polar bear cub who was the toast of the Berlin Zoo four short years ago, is dead. He was only 4 years old. 

Written by Jennifer O’Connor
March 21, 2011

Months ago, PETA Germany had warned the head of the zoo that Knut was being terrorized by his three female companions, one being his mother, Tosca, (who had once been used in a circus.) He was under constant stress. PETA Germany repeatedly asked zoo authorities to move Knut away from the three females to a different location.

Like most captive polar bears, Knut paced incessantly and bobbed his head repeatedly, signs of captivity-induced mental illness common in bears. One German zoologist termed Knut a "psychopath" but zoo officials insisted Knut was “fine.”

Previously, the zoo had tried to unload the less-cute (and less lucrative) adult Knut to another zoo. "It’s time for him to go–the sooner he gets a new home the better. Anything else would be financially irresponsible,” said the zoo’s senior bear keeper. The plans were scrapped in the face of public opposition.

Polar bears naturally roam vast Arctic expanses and open water—which no zoo can provide. An Oxford University study found that polar bears suffer physical and mental anguish in captivity and noted that a polar bear’s typical enclosure size is about one-millionth of his or her minimum home-range size.

People who care about bears should refuse to buy a ticket to any zoo that profits from their misery.

Oddly enough this article fails to mention that Knut would not have even reached the age of four if it were not for the zoo. Since his mother rejected him and his brother at birth.

Still, we tend to agree that zoos are no place for bears unless they have no other place. Unfortunately, that was the situation with Knut.

We are also shocked to see no blame put on global warming in the entire article. But that probably just goes without saying.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “PETA Blames Zoo, Stress For Knut Death”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Knut needed some
    PETA folks to play with.

  2. proreason says:

    If Knut had Obamycare he would still be alive.

    Or, at least, he would have died happy knowing that he stiffed somebody else for the cost of his health care.

  3. Helena says:

    So, PETA told the zoo to get rid of Knut, because he was being terrorized, then when the zoo said they were going to, PETA accused them of impure motives.

    Boy, with PETA you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

    • beautyofreason says:

      I wonder how many pet owners contribute to PETA and fail to realize that the organization opposes pet ownership and puts down a large majority of the animals it takes in to “rescue.” Since 1998 PETA has put down over 28,000 adoptable dogs and cats. In 2010 PETA took in 2,345 dogs and cats – and adopted out 44. The other 94% were killed. You wouldn’t get euthanasia rates that high in a city shelter full of pit bulls.

      I wonder how many PETA contributers eat meat or use insulin, as the organization also opposes meat and medical research from animals. I wonder how many PETA contributors are cat lovers, as the co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has said that she opposes the existence of the domestic cat and wants it spayed out of existence, so that only feral or “wild” cats remain in the world, unsullied by human hands. She also had a seeing eye dog taken away from its owner.

      The goal is “total animal liberation.” So photos on the PETA website that show Newkirk holding small dogs with collars are mere fakery.

      Surely there is a better way to love pets than by killing them all.

  4. BigOil says:

    Seems much more humane to keel over in a zoo than dying while stranded on a global warming induced iceberg.

    Regarding Knut being terrorized by his three female companions – don’t want to go there.

  5. canary says:

    Poor Knut, whose crazy mother was trying to kill him, even after the zoo saved him. He was the main money making attraction. Video’s show the darling cuddly polar bear begging his audience to come save him. He wasn’t trying to be cute in this unnatural behavior of polar bears. He was begging them to save him.

    ohh. I looked for a cute video of Knut but this is heartbreaking as the crowd videoed him dying, thinking it was part of his act.


    sorry for my emotions. But Canary’s home is in the polar bear room, my daughters old bedroom. snif. snif.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    To make up for lost revenue the zoo should start serving………wait for it……..
    Knutburgers w/ sauerkraut.

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