Monday, April 18, 2011 | Categories: Q Blog |
Last month, we heard the sad news that the world's most beloved polar bear, Knut, had died at the Berlin Zoo at the young age of four-and-a-half. Today Jian spoke to Michael Slackman, the Berlin bureau chief for The New York Times, about the controversy surrounding the Berlin Zoo's decision to
taxidermy mount Knut and put him on display in the Berlin Natural History Museum. Many mourners -- who regard Knut as a deceased pet or family member --object to those plans, calling them inappropriate and even offensive. What do you think? Should the Berlin Zoo consider mourners' wishes for Knut to be cremated and placed in a memorial statue at the zoo? Do zoos have a responsibility to respect the public's relationships with animals, even in death?