Thursday, May 24, 2007

Existential Elephants Or BBC Bias ?

The BBC covers the strange case of an elephant in a Berlin zoo which freaked out and tried to kill her calf. In order to explain this, the BBC quotes 'wildlife expert' Ian Redmond:
Some people think it could be a conscious decision," says Mr Redmond. "If their quality of life is poor and they are faced with just a concrete yard, they don't want their offspring to face the same and kill them. But it's just a theory.
Yes, the elephants are suffering from existential angst over this meaningless farce that we call 'life'. Hey, there's anthropomorphism, and then there's plain lunacy - even if you are just quoting 'some people'.

But who is 'wildlife expert' Ian Redmond anyway ? The BBC notes that he works for the Born Free Foundation, but doesn't tell us anything about who they actually are, which does mean something important is left out:
The Horsham-based charity focused initially on the plight of animals in zoos and circuses but now fights to protect dozens of species in their natural habitats.

"Freedom is a precious concept, and wild animals suffer physically and mentally from the lack of freedom captivity imposes," McKenna said.
Yep, the BBC quotes a 'wildlife expert' who blames the incident on the zoo itself, without telling us he is someone campaigning to close down zoos. Who'd have thunk it ?

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