Yep, you read the headline correctly.
Animal rights activists are actively campaigning for a baby polar bear, named Knut, to be euthanized because it is being raised by humans after it’s mother abandoned him. The polar bear is 3 months old and has been hand fed by the zookeepers at the Berlin Zoo.
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. The charity cites a similar case of a baby sloth which was put to sleep after being abandoned by its mother last December in the Leipzig city zoo.
But Berlin Zoo holds different opinions. Its 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.” via the Daily Mail
The animal rights lobby has gotten so out of hand that they now think they are God and want to control the order of life on their terms. It is amazing what these people will think and do.