RUSH: Have you seen the videotape of this cute little polar bear cub that’s been abandoned by its mother? How can that happen in nature? How can this happen? We are told constantly, over and over again, that we human beings are the ones destroying the planet; that we’re the ones who have wanton disregard for any life other than our own. If we would only get out of the way and would leave the Earth as God intended it, a pristine place for real creatures to exist au natural — and yet we learn that some slough, welfare polar bear mother has decided to flee the nest and leave the cub and a German zoo has adopted this little baby polar bear. They named the polar bear ‘Knut.’ It’s the cutest little thing. He runs around, plays with a soccer ball and loves human contact. They cuddle with the little thing. It’s very cute. And now, after three months — and he’s 19 pounds right now — after three months, animal rights activists are arguing that Knut, the 19 pound, three-month old polar bear cub, should be given a lethal injection rather than be brought up suffering the humiliation of being treated as a domestic pet.
Frank Albrecht, the spokesman for some animal rights wacko group, said, ‘The zoo must kill the bear. Feeding by hand is not species-appropriate but a gross violation of animal protection laws.’ So we should stop trying to save the whales, and we should stop trying to save the dolphins, and we should stop rescuing any injured animal, and taking it into a clinic or a zoo or whatever. These people are insane! They are literally insane. This little polar bear cub is as happy as it can be. It’s having the time of its life, and it’s going to be released to the wild at some point, or maybe it will go to a zoo or what have you. The little thing was born in December. His mother ignored him and his brother, and his brother died. Zoo officials intervened, choosing to raise the cub themselves, but this Albrecht guy and other animal rights activists fret that it’s inappropriate for a predator known for its fierceness and ability to fend for itself in the wild to be — well, where’s this on human beings?
You animal rights people and you liberals are totally willing to compromise the ability of human beings to fend for themselves. You want to take care of them. You want government and government programs to take care of them. Why don’t you advocate they be killed? How about this: every human that can’t take care of itself should just be killed. Human beings are predators, after all, especially the animal rights activists. You animal lovers. I want you to learn who these people are. They are saying that the treatment of this little polar bear cub is inhumane and could cause him future difficulties interacting with fellow polar bears.
‘Ruediger Schmiedel, head of the Foundation for Bears…’ (kid impression) ‘Mommy! Mommy! When I grow up, I want to be a big gun in the Foundation for Bears. That’s what I want to do, mom.’ Where do they find these idiots? What’s this guy’s name? Ruediger Schmiedel ‘argues that this current treatment of the cub is inhumane and could lead to future difficulties. ‘They can’t domestic a wild animal.” Nobody is trying to. They’re trying to keep the little guy alive. He’s not going to be a pet. If he ends up a pet and he’s a natural predator, he’s going to eat whoever owns him once he gets big enough to do it, which all these people know. You animal rights people are absolutely insane. You are dangerously insane. You have more concern over a bear than you do human beings. Let me read this to you again.
‘Frank Albrecht and other activists fret that it’s inappropriate for a predator known for its fierceness and ability to fend for itself in the wild to be snuggled, bottle fed, and made into a commodity by zookeepers.’ And look at the millions of human beings they’re willing to turn into just that, commodities, assume they can’t take care of themselves and provide cradle-to-grave subsistence for them. I detest these liberals, folks. I detest them. I don’t care whether they’re animal rights wackos or environmentalist wackos, I detest them. Such contradiction. We have to do everything we can to save the animals. Now we’re trying to save an animal — and, by the way, the zoo is claiming it’s under a lot of pressure here because of a single animal rights group. Blow ’em off! Screw ’em! Tell ’em to go to hell, for crying out loud. What’s happening to us? Why do we have to respond to all of these activists as though they have any say whatsoever? They don’t run the zoo. They have nothing to do with the zoo. They’re just a bunch of professional whiners and moaners, socialist, communist, liberals! Whatever the hell they are, screw them!
RUSH: By the way, more animal rights news. This is of particular interesting to those of you in southern California. ‘After pressure from animal rights groups, Wolfgang Puck, famed chef and restaurateur of Spago and others, says he’s going to stop using foie gras at his restaurants. He’s going to bar his $300 million food company from using several types of food that have been criticized by activists such as eggs from chickens raised in battery cages, veal, and pigs raised in confining crates.’ He’s just going to get rid of the foie gras. This, of course, is when you take a bunch of ducks and geese out there and inject them all kinds of food to the point that the liver almost explodes, and that’s how you get delicious foie gras. Of course that process, once it’s been learned, you can’t eat it. (Crying) ‘Oh no, poor geese!’ By the way, this reminds me, the cute little polar bear, Knut, the 19 pound cub. Doesn’t his mother have the right to choose what it wants? If the mother wants to abandon the little polar bear, fine. It can do that, right? We allow it for ourselves in a number of ways.
Anyway, my question to Wolfgang Puck is: Wolfie, why are you serving any meat at all here? Don’t you understand you’ve just given them the first, and they’re just going to keep coming back? You put the foie gras in the water, so to speak, and these guys are going to keep coming back. These animal rights activists, animal rights groups, why do people buckle to these people? I could understand if the mayor came around like is happening in New York and banned trans-fats and foie gras and so forth. But, you know, you don’t get away with this in Chicago. The city council tries to ban the Chicago and these Chicago restaurateurs say, ‘Screw you! We’re going to keep serving it. Come find us. Our customers like it.’ New York, liberals, they bend over forwards and grab the ankles, and wait for the health inspectors to come in. They’ll get rid of anything the mayor tells them to get rid of other than the rats. The rats are still running around in the Kentucky Fried Chicken. Of course now we have big news about the Chinese restaurants not being up to snuff, but they’re a minority, so what can we do about it? They have the right. I guess in Southern California, the activists rule.
Just tell these people to go to hell! Tell ’em open their own restaurant if they don’t want fois gras and don’t serve fois gras on it. If I were Wolfgang Puck I’d say, ‘Leave me alone!’ Of course, I guess his problem is the Hollywood community is big clientele out there. They’ll just have the foie gras in their house, Wolfgang. They’ll probably ask you to come serve it to them on the sly, bring a little yellow van that looks like the phone truck or something like that. They’re still going to be serving it to these people, just not in public. When are we going to stand up, folks? Take your compact incandescent lightbulbs and put them in a bodily orifice, as far as I’m concerned. If you want to use them, fine, stop preaching to me. You want to save the planet, go to Mars. It’s burning hell up there right now and they can’t figure out why because there aren’t any human beings up there. You want to save something, save yourselves! You people are a bunch of losers trying to infect everybody else with your stupid doom and gloom misery. You wonder why people are retreating to gated communities?