A Facebook page created for the famous bear... announced Pedals’ death Friday....But it was bear season, and according to the Department of Environmental Protection, the hunt is "designed to maintain the bear populations and enhance public safety." The animal was fair game, and its walking on 2 legs was not some sort of evolution of a higher being but the result of some injury to its forelegs. What endears the bear to sentimental humans was probably, for the bear, suffering.
“The hunter who has wanted him dead for nearly 3 years had the satisfaction of putting an arrow through him, bragging at the station,” read the Facebook post, which sparked anger and sadness among some of the page’s 22,000 fans.
I can understand the empathy for hunted animals. But who are these people who imagine themselves on the high ground when they are showing favor to the bear who seems special because he walks upright, like a person? That seems more like bias against the bears who don't seem human. Why should an animal have to appeal to our self-love to get respect? We should respect all animals, cute and ugly, whether they remind us of ourselves or not.
ADDED: Now, I do see the argument that the hunter should not have chosen to shoot this particular bear if he knew that there were human beings that loved it. On the other hand, I could see targeting the bear because it was suffering. But what if the hunter knew the bear was loved by humans but thought those particular humans deserved a slap in the face because they were morally benighted to love the appearance of humanity in a bear that was suffering?