From Sky News:
- An animal rights activist has been condemned for suggesting that an abandoned polar bear cub should be killed instead of being raised by humans.
Knut was born in Berlin Zoo last December but his mother ignored him and his brother, who later died.
Activist Frank Albrecht was quoted in the Bild newspaper, which has run photo spreads of the little bear, as saying: "Feeding by hand is not species-appropriate but a gross violation of animal protection laws.
"The zoo must kill the bear."
The comments were quickly condemned by the zoo, politicians and other animal rights groups.
"The killing of an animal has nothing to do with animal protection," said Wolfgang Apel, head of the German Federation for the Protection of Animals.
Mr Albrecht has claimed he was quoted out of context.
He explained that although he thought it was wrong of the zoo to have saved the cub's life, now that the bear can live on his own, it would be equally wrong to kill him.
"If a polar bear mother rejected the baby, then I believe the zoo must follow the instincts of nature," Mr Albrecht said.
"In the wild, it would have been left to die."
This seems to have made news around the world, with more coverage here and here. How do my fellow P.iesters feel about this? Polar bear unfree shall never be at peace? Or is it better to give this bear cub a second chance? Is the zoo exploiting the bear?