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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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106.

me    

what PETA said is true. if you look at the videos and photos during Knut times with those 3 older polar bears, you will see that he was afraid of them. the zoo should brought only one and younger companion like last time, Giovanna. But they returned Giovanna to her enclosure and moved Knut with three much older polar bears which was a wrong decision.

1256 days ago
107.

anonymous    

Yes, PETA KILLS ANIMALS!!! And it's unfortunate they've weighed in on Knut's death, as it undermines the credibility of anyone voicing concerns along the same lines.

Meanwhile the petro-chemical industry from which all their beloved "pleather" is manufactured is not only directly destroying whole ecosystems - especially in poorer, less politically stable countries where environmental controls are lacking or non-existent - it also is a prime contributor to anthropogenic climate change which threatens polar bears, and animal populations world-wide.

People, please do not become another PETArd. They are responsible for thousands of deaths of adoptable pets (yes, they believe an animal is better off dead than owned) - and their stances on animal rights directly contradict environmental sustainability - THE ULTIMATE ANIMAL RIGHTS ISSUE. Do animals not deserve a suitable environment? Or should we just pump more crude to make "pleather" - force nomadic herders like those in Tibet to become settled agriculturalists - confiscate guide dogs from the blind - all so nobody wears, eats or owns an animal?

And also, I'm a vegetarian - PETA sicken me. I would gladly wear a suit of fur if it would piss them off, this is how much I hate them.

1256 days ago
108.

mija    

Has anyone seen the footage of this polar bear dying? (Don't watch if you don't want to see such footage)
http://www.do***entingreality.com/forum/f166/knut-polar-bear-dies-front-visitors-berlin-zoo-73940/

1256 days ago
109.

Leela    

PETA has no credibility. Following the Michael Vicks case, they tried to have 11 of the dogs destroyed claiming they couldn't be rehabilitated even though PETA had nothing whatsoever to do with the case. Experts were able to successfully rehabilitate all of those dogs except two. These are the people who claim to love animals when all they really do is prey on celebrity animal-lovers and run around sticking their nose into things they don't understand. The fur industry has made a comeback because of PETA's intimidation tactics. Instead of educating people, they commit acts of terrorism, vandalism and utter outrageous comments which makes all animal lovers look like lunatics. This is why people don't listen.

1256 days ago
110.

Leela    

I saw Pink defending PETA during an interview in which she said that PETA was "misunderstood" and I wish I could explain to her that yes, they are misunderstood by the very celebrities that PETA targets. Pink herself is a doglover and if she just knew the truth about PETA instead of the propoganda they feed well-meaning people such as herself she wouldn't be so quick to defend them.

1256 days ago
111.

LI_Mom    

If PETA would focus on animals & NOT on drawing attention to themselves for their outrageous behavior, people might have a bit of respect for them & be willing to even consider they have something worthwhile to say.

Poor Knut, I remember when those pictures of him as a cub were released.... such an adorable little bear. RIP Knut.

1256 days ago
112.

Michele and Ingrid Martin    

For those of you without any sincerity and making all these rude comments about rugs, sandwiches, etc... YOU ARE SICK AND SHOULD ALL LOOK IN THE MIRROR AT WHAT DISGUSTING PEOPLE YOU ALL ARE! A beloved animal just died and this is NOT funny. HAVE SOME RESPECT!

1256 days ago
113.

karen    

You people who talk about eating baby seal and making a rug out of him are unbelievably
insensitive. Maye PETA doesn't do its job, but SOMEONE needs to protect animals from
people like you!

1256 days ago
114.

Hannah    

News says Knut had brain damage.His Mother probably sensed this at birth.At least he had four years in comfort than dying as a cub.He is with Thomas again.

1255 days ago
115.

kattie    

There is no doubt in my mind, Knut did die of a broken heart. It is true; he was close to his keeper that died (since his capture), and why on earth that man wasn't allowed some contact is beyond me. Shame on the Zoo administrators! I have been middle of the road; however, now I do believe he was confused, didn't realize he wasn't human and was rejected in effect, by humans, and his own. Answer? Zoos to me, are so damn depressing END THEM!

1253 days ago
116.

Lenne    

We are all RESPONSIBLE for protecting animals, including the zoo. MAYBE THEY SHOULD HOUSE WILD ANIMALS FOR PROFIT???

SHAME ON THE PEOPLE WITH IGNORANT COMMENTS. ITS SAID PETA GETS A BAD RAP FROM IGNORANT PEOPLE. THE COMMENTS POSTED ABOUT PETA ARE A LIE, GO INGRID ITS YOUR BIRTHDAY

I SUPPORT PETA 100%%%%%

1246 days ago
117.

voicefreson    

Who cares? zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

1243 days ago
118.

voicefreson    

Too bad PETA doesn't keep up their more meaningful quests. Like trying to ban hook and line fishing. LOL!!!! What a bunch of FREAKS!!!

1243 days ago
119.

Mike    

lol Peta... they are more corrupt that most governments.

1242 days ago
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