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PETA -- Knut's Death Could Have Been Avoided

3/19/2011 4:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The tragic passing of Knut, everyone's favorite German polar bear, could have been prevented ... maybe ... this according to PETA.

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Knut passed away in his habitat this morning of still-to-be determined causes at the age of 4. A rep for PETA tells TMZ they contacted to Berlin Zoo months ago to alert them to the fact that Knut was being "terrorized" by three female polar bears -- including his own mother!

The rep tells us, "PETA Germany repeatedly asked zoo authorities to move Knut away from the three females to a different location. His premature death could possibly have been avoided. Polar bears don't belong in captivity."

A necropsy is planned for Monday to determine the cause of death.


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31.

daisy    

oh please. Peta is already jumping to conclusions. They think any animal that dies in captivity is a wrongful death. Polar bears die in their natural habitat everyday! They live in a habitat that is melting due to global warming.

1323 days ago
32.

Puckett    


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PETA's dirty little secret is... PETA KILLS ANIMALS!

www.petakillsanimals.com

"Animal lovers worldwide now have access to more than a decade’s worth of proof that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) kills thousands of defenseless pets at its Norfolk, Virginia headquarters. Since 1998, PETA has opted to “put down” 23,640 adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens instead of finding homes for them.

PETA’s “Animal Record” report for 2009, filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows that the animal rights group killed 97 percent of the dogs and cats in its care last year. During all of 2009, PETA found adoptive homes for just eight pets.

Just eight animals -- out of the 2,366 it took in. PETA just broke its own record.

Why would an animal rights group secretly kill animals at its headquarters? PETA’s continued silence on the matter makes it hard to say for sure. But from a cost-saving standpoint, PETA’s hypocrisy isn’t difficult to understand: Killing adoptable cats and dogs – and storing the bodies in a walk-in freezer until they can be cremated – requires far less money and effort than caring for the pets until they are adopted.

PETA has a $33 million annual budget. But instead of investing in the lives of the thousands of flesh and blood creatures in its care, the group spends millions on media campaigns telling Americans that eating meat, drinking milk, fishing, hunting, wearing leather shoes, and benefiting from medical research performed on lab rats are all “unethical.”

The bottom line: PETA’s leaders care more about cutting into their advertising budget than finding homes for the six pets they kill on average, every single day.

The Virginia Beach SPCA, just down the road from PETA’s Norfolk headquarters, manages to adopt out the vast majority of the animals in its care. And it does it on a shoestring budget.

Years of public outrage has not been enough to convince PETA to eliminate its pet eradication program.

Now the death toll of animals in PETA’s care has reached 23,640, including more than 2,000 pets last year. That’s not an animal charity. It’s a slaughterhouse."

1323 days ago
33.

Nick    

is this some kind of a joke? He was being terrorized by his own kind? OMG someone call the polar bear police. PETA got their heads so far up their a** it's not even funny. This being said, **** peta

1323 days ago
34.

viewer    

Dear Peta...SHUT UP! Your nothing but a bunch of losers who make more trouble and have killed animals along the way, you are backed by celebrities who don't even believe in you but you look good on their resume. RIP Knut.

1323 days ago
35.

john    

In my opinion Peta needs to stay out of this, sounds like the bear died from being lonely

1323 days ago
36.

Rod    

a male has to put out if he intends to live with three females that are bigger than he is...

1323 days ago
37.

en Todo Momento!!    

1984 'hate sessions' four letters flashed on a screen call all viewers thereof to hostility and hatred. (PETA)!! amazing how accurate orwell was!! peta is NOOOOOOO GOOOOD!!!! mind twisters!!

1323 days ago
38.

Polly    

Since it was reported in another article that Knut was alone in his compound, I don't think PETA has a bearskin rug to stand on.

1323 days ago
39.

Spider    

PETA, being well versed and highly respected in psychic necropsy, surely know what they're talking about.

1323 days ago
40.

Puckett    

I'm a member of PETA. People for the Eating of Tasty Animals that is... pass the beef brisket please!

1323 days ago
41.

Sociopaths are Sad    

Poor little guy. His own mom rejected him and then was seen bullying him with two others. Horrible.

1323 days ago
42.

John Ramey    

PETA are such vultures!

It's not that they love animals as much as it how much the hate humans.

1323 days ago
43.

connie     

I was recently educated on PETA (Not that I was ever a fan). Here's some info for you "In 2009 PETA took in 2,366 animals , adopted out only 8 !!! And killed the other 2,358 ..... They store the bodies in their $10,000 walk in freezer until the cremation company they have a huge contract with can cremate them"

So PETA take your hypocracy and stuff it where the sun don't shine. I don't like the original concept of Zoo's either but today they do not remove wild animals from their natural habitat and work diligently in conservation efforts around the world. Zoo's contribute more to wildlife sustainability than PETA ever has or will.

1323 days ago
44.

Knut we love you    

For Germany, Austria, and other european countries Knut was a symbol of friendship. His zookeeper died in the 2008 and Knut was like his little son! we all must respect the pain many of us feel because was a loved pet for children and adults.

1323 days ago
45.

S.Michelle    

Rest in peace, Knut. PETA can kiss my peta.

1323 days ago
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