Monday, June 09, 2008

Can't Change A Tiger's Stripes?

From the June 6th Der Spiegel:
At the Berlin Zoo, it's a short distance between the petting zoo and the wolves' habitat. But it can apparently also be the distance between being lovingly caressed by children and being dismembered by bloodthirsty predators.

Crowds at the zoo were shocked Thursday as they watched wolves savagely jostle each other to get their piece of a recently killed goat. . .

In simple terms, it's an issue of animal overflow in a man-made environment without any predators. As Ragnar K├╝hne, the zoo's curator, told the mass-circulation daily Bild: "When we have too many goats in the petting zoo, we usually give them to farms or private persons. But if we can't get rid of them, we have them appropriately slaughtered and fed to carnivores."

Although some people might find it troubling that the wolves were fed in broad daylight and right in front of zoo visitors, the real issue of controversy seems to be that it happened in the wake of a series of shocking and mistrust-fomenting revelations about this and other German zoos.

For one, it might strike some as strange that this goat -- which was in perfectly good health -- should be killed this way after Bernhard Blaszkiewitz, the zoo's director, told Die Welt a few months ago that the park didn't kill surplus hoofed animals and feed them to other animals. "We don't do this," he insisted. "But, of course, it might happen that a deer breaks its neck, and then we allow the corpse to be eaten."

A zoo spokesman later clarified the statement saying that Blaszkiewitz had been referring to "wild" hoofed animals, such as, antelopes, zebras and deer, rather than to "domestic" hoofed animals, such as sheep, goats, cows and pigs.
(via reader Ken R.)


OBloodyHell said...

The really, really sad part is that people are shocked (Shocked, I Say!!!) and horrified (horrible, horrible, horrible...!!) to find out that those animals, kept in zoos -- are actually wild animals!!! (GASP!!!)

People nowadays live too sheltered lives. It's one of the ways they turn into liberal twits and, in its more virulent form, drooling, sanctimonious PETAphiles.

So, in order to counter this idiotic meme, I recommend:
Sings To Grizzlies
the real saga of Timothy Treadwell.

MaxedOutMama said...

Well, people eat such animals. Why shouldn't the zoo feed their animals these animals? Think of how their feed costs must be escalating!

This like the Knut disfavor when the bear started trying to hunt fish in his enclosure. Do the Germans think these are cartoon animals?

OBloodyHell said...

> Do the Germans think these are cartoon animals?

Yes, right down to the Meeep! Meeep!!