by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals
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For those that hate zoos (and even those that don’t), prepare to get a little irked.

The Director of the Berlin Zoo earlier this week offered some great insight into how he perceives the animals under his charge. In a nutshell, they’re just dumb, emotionless things with legs that deserve to be exploited.

In response to protests by people pissed that Knut the Polar Bear is scheduled to be stuffed and put on display (arguably, to continue bringing in the dough), director Berhard Blaszkiewitz said the following:

“The problem is that people take their human feelings and put them into animals,” he said. “After Knut’s death there were all these overwhelming emotions. That’s OK for humans, but in my opinion it is not OK for animals. This is just a polar bear, a special polar bear, but a polar bear all the same.”

And there you have it. So for those reading that continue to visit zoos and assign any emotion whatsoever to cuddling animals or frustrated lions pacing back and forth in front of exhibit windows, just remember that in Blaszkiewitz’s eyes, you’re not only a dollar sign, but a f*cking crackpot too.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • don miguelo

    How garish.
    And what a toolbox this guy just showed he is. He is entiltled to his opinion and I am entitled to never visit his zoo with my money. I know there will be fallout for his remarks more than just mine.

  • Christine Krueger

    First off…these people such as the zoo director takes freedom from animals, puts them in little cages for profit. Then we are shocked and surprised when one of these morons makes such a comment. He may have been just a polar bear, but he was a bear who could feel sadness, pain, loneliness just like the rest of us.

  • Karina

    The zoo director should be stuffed, because he is just an idiot. Zoos are disgusting places that profit on the misery of other living animals.

  • LittleMe

    More evidence of how little these people actually care about the animals they work with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erin-Elizabeth/566480478 Erin Elizabeth

    Zoos are as bad as circuses… If there is a heaven this clown isn’t gettin through the pearly gates. I hope he spends eternity in a cage.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Romano-Trampe/1073903726 Maria Romano Trampe’

      Ok first off, I have to say I am an Docent (Volunteer Educator) at The Elmwood Park Zoo! I am tired of everyone lumping every establishment into one ball and saying..ZOO’s are horrible and as bad as circuses. How many of you naysayers began your LOVE and respect of animals because of the zoo’s you were taken to as a child? The Zoo I volunteer to educate with houses 90% of their animals from rehabilitation centers and rescues! MEANING these animals were not taken from the wild and placed behind bars. THese are animals there because of human encroachment where they were either kept in captivity by some idiot who thought having a cougar as a pet was a good idea or were injured and could not be rehabilitated to the point of release. We love and care for these animals and grieve when something happens to each and every one of them. So please stop stereotyping and know your facts before you speak. YES there are zoos that only have animals for the blind entertainment of humans, BUT not every zoo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Romano-Trampe/1073903726 Maria Romano Trampe’

    Ok first off, I have to say I am an Docent (Volunteer Educator) at The Elmwood Park Zoo! I am tired of everyone lumping every establishment into one ball and saying..ZOO’s are horrible and as bad as circuses. How many of you naysayers began your LOVE and respect of animals because of the zoo’s you were taken to as a child? The Zoo I volunteer to educate with houses 90% of their animals from rehabilitation centers and rescues! MEANING these animals were not taken from the wild and placed behind bars. THese are animals there because of human encroachment where they were either kept in captivity by some idiot who thought having a cougar as a pet was a good idea or were injured and could not be rehabilitated to the point of release. We love and care for these animals and grieve when something happens to each and every one of them. So please stop stereotyping and know your facts before you speak. YES there are zoos that only have animals for the blind entertainment of humans, BUT not every zoo.

    • http://www.ecorazzi.com Michael dEstries

      Thank you for your comment, Maria!

    • don miguelo

      That’s an important facet of the this issue, thank you for your point and perspective from inside the zoo industry. Some people will never accept a zoo (or aquarium) no matter the size, quality of care or enforced best practices. They just disagree that anything wild should ever be kept. That said I think a zoo that is well run, with the animals welfare in mind and that takes them in if they are verifiably hurt or have no habitat left is a valuable thing. If poachers or poverty or a corporate environmental disaster make it impossible for an animal to live I think it is our responsibility to keep that animal safe from our own species’s sad effects, at least until it can be returned or relocated to a safer place.

      I mainly had an issue with this particular zoo director’s ill-advised comments. He’s not helping the cause of zoo’s, certainly, just giving people who are against them more ammunition. He thinks, with this sort of authoritative or persuasive tone, that he can minimize bad press about it. It’s implied that anyone who speaks up against it is a sentimental moron who values animals as much as humans. He’s got another thing coming if he thinks people will change doing that cuz he said so! For a zoo director, of all people, to say that really undermines any faith people have in those institutions.