Animal rights fundamentalism

A baby polar bear named Knut is abandoned by its mother. The staff of Berlin Zoo, where Knut is based, take over responsibility of looking after the baby rather than leaving it to die, and begin bottle-feeding him. However, some people are not happy about this. Daily Mail reports:

Animal rights activists argue that he [Knut] should be given a lethal injection rather than brought up suffering the humiliation of being treated as a domestic pet.

“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.”

Yes, and I’m sure there’s a great bureaucrat in the sky looking down and noting this severe breach of protocol. Pah.

Do check out pics of this incredibly cute bear here. And below the fold, a YouTube clip of Knut. It’s in German, but that hardly matters. Just look at that bear, utterly adorable and harmless: can you imagine that some bastards want it killed?