To all my fellow watchers as well as to those just casually having a look at this site, today I would like to ask your help in order to prevent something that I (and most people of Berlin) find extremely wrong!
As you probably heard on the news, Berlin's most popular citizen, polar bear Knut, died of a brain disease a couple of days ago to the great shock of everyone. Now the zoo manager plans to make the pain even worse by having his body stuffed and displayed in a museum, which I think is plain wrong and sick. We followed Knut's development right from when he was only a few days old, we saw him playing as a cub with Thomas Doerflein, his human daddy, and frolicking with youthful Gianna last summer. He was a personality, not just some *dumb* animal, and stuffing him would be the ultimate disrespect imho.
Knut made the zoo a ton of money, now they should just leave him alone and grant him a dignified end. I heard they plan to put a statue of him as a baby bear next to his enclosure, and I very much like that thought. I certainly don't want to see him as an inanimate object with glass eyes in a museum.
If you feel the same, here's a place where you can voice your protest (it's a memory book for Knut put up by the Zoo Berlin), and perhaps it will be your voices that will make them change their mind:[link]
Thank you very much for your support!
Update March 30, 2011: In a poll organized by a local newspaper, 73% of the people were against it. And yet the zoo manager STILL wants to go ahead with it, saying the decision has already been made. On Saturday, there's going to be a demonstration in front of the zoo entrance.
Update March 31, 2011: Here's an online-petition you can sign if you are against the stuffing of Knut:[link]
Please help us to prevent this!