Mar 21, 2007

Animal wrongs 

My disdain for dirty hippies is rivaled only by my loathing contempt for PETA - and really damn near all animal rights activists, when you get right down to it. This is not to say that I hate God's little, fluffy forest and woodland creatures. I don't. Quite the opposite. The Wif and I have a dog, two cats, a bird, and more fish than I can count. So I'm a fan of the fuzzy bunnies... unless, of course, the bunnies must die to cure cancer or create shampoo that won't make you tear up when it gets in your eyes. Then the bunnies gotta go. But I digress...

My point is, if these animal rights pukes really cared THE LEAST little bit about animals, would they actually tell you that it was better to kill one than let it live happily and healthily in a zoo?
BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- A celebrity in the animal kingdom, polar bear cub Knut is no stranger to TV cameras, visiting fans and posing for Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz.

But the abandoned cub is facing demands that he be killed by lethal injection, as he has become too dependant on humans.

Animal rights activists in Germany have said that keeping the orphaned cub alive defies nature. When a cub is abandoned in the wild they fend for themselves and usually die.
"Feeding by hand is not species-appropriate but a gross violation of animal protection laws," animal rights activist Frank Albrecht was quoted as saying by the mass-circulation Bild daily.

"The zoo must kill the bear."
I'm pretty sure that feeding by hand wasn't "species-appropriate" for the California Condor, either, being as most condors in the wild aren't fed scraps by the kind passers by. But it seemed to work out pretty well for that species, didn't it? And if polar bears are as "on the brink" as the Goracle and his Gorbots would have us believe, isn't it important to keep this bear's DNA around for species breeding programs if nothing else?

While a lot of people - myself included - think animal cruelty should be punished harshly and are happy to contribute to conservation efforts, people who support "animal rights," for the most part, are engaged in a political movement that has nothing to do with helping animals. In fact, as we can see from this example they will happily kill animals for nothing but giggles, while railing against medical researchers who do animal testing or your right to have a steak. (A quick spin around Google tells me that the guy calling for us to go "Ol' Yeller" on Knut is into the whole vegan thing as well. I'm shocked, SHOCKED I SAY!) Want more? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or Merchants of Four-Legged Death? You make the call.

And if you have about 15 minutes to spare, watch Penn & Teller call BS on the whole godawful sham that is the animal rights movement. Horrifically strong language ahead, but if you care, you'll watch it... think of the bunnies.

UPDATE: It takes "courage" to off an infant polar bear, apparently. No word on if said "courage" could only be applied with a mixture of chemicals, or if you could use a club...

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