Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Gone but not forgotten - Brown bear Bruno

Bruno, the first brown bear on German soil in 170 years, has been shot dead. When he entered Bavaria in May from neighbouring Austria, Germany celebrated the return of the native son, but in the weeks to follow, Bruno's insatiable appetite for sheep, rabbits and chicken and fearlessness of mankind became cause for concern. While animal rights groups demanded Bruno's live capture, politicians wanted him dead or alive with a growing preference for the former.
Why this? How did the bear grow up? Teenager, loner, problem childhood, violent, migratory background, multiple violations of the Schengen Agreement, non-vegetarian, suspected of behavioural disorder. A few counts against him.
There's no doubt that he would have been better off if he had behaved decently and integrated, as a speaker from the federal ministry of supposed natural protection said. Nonetheless, I insist that as a foreigner, Bruno should have been subject to "criminal law for the enemy" and that "expatriation (expulsion to a third country, here Italy) or incarceration (preventive detention)" would have been preferable to simply mowing him down (more on Bruno's end here and a picture of him here). Poor Bruno, shame on you, killers!


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