Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Can You Humiliate a Polar Bear?

Does this question make any sense? Well, about as much sense as animal rights activist Frank Albrecht and others:

“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.

Activists argue that it is inappropriate for a predator, known for its fierceness and ability to fend for itself in the wild, to be snuggled.

‘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.’"

Translation: We have to kill the bear in order to save it”. Alternative translation: "He'd look really good as a rug in my den". With animal lovers like these, the polar bears are safer with hunters.

Lots of interesting, and contradictory, stuff going on here.

First off, there’s the entire anti-zoo, anti-pet agenda. I doubt that the animal rights nuts ever regard feeding by hand as species appropriate. Since the “natural”, non-domestic animal either forages, scavenges, or hunts, having someone put out a bowl of tuna for the cat isn’t natural either. For that matter, neither is any kind of medical care. So, the animal rights groups are essentially against all forms of domestication. Of course, if we turned out all of our pets and farm animals to fend for themselves, there would be huge amounts of avoidable pain, suffering, starvation, death, disease, etc.

PETA is not above killing animals when it suits them to do so.

Now for the twisteroo – can a polar bear be humiliated?

A quick look at Dictionary.com, on humiliation:
“1. an act or instance of humiliating or being humiliated.
2. the state or feeling of being humiliated; mortification.”

We’re either left with the fact that it’s humiliating to be fed, or that the bear “feels” humiliated. Seems like the animal rights nuts are imputing the human feeling of humiliation on to the bear. For as “back to nature” as this group appears to be, this seems like quite a bit of anthropocentric projection. What’s next? Support groups for humiliated polar bears?

Psychiatrist: “What seems to be the problem?”
Bear: “My mother never really loved me”.