CNN Endorses Right to Life…For Animals

By Matthew Balan | February 12, 2014

CNN’s Anderson Cooper did little to hide his outrage on his Tuesday program  over a zoo in Copenhagen, Denmark killing a giraffe. Cooper confronted the zoo’s  scientific director and asked, “Doesn’t the life of the animal itself  have some value, rather than just it being part of your breeding  program?” The host later expressed his dismay to Jack Hanna: “What he  seems to be saying is that the animal itself doesn’t really have any right to  live.”

Cooper later used language familiar to pro-life  activists in defense of the giraffe: “At a certain point, the animals  themselves should have some right to actually having a life.” [MP3  audio available here; video below the jump] The  anchor’s pro-animal rights segments came just twenty days after CNN senior legal  analyst Jeff Toobin ripped pro-lifers on his now-cancelled 10 pm Eastern  program:

JEFFREY TOOBIN: …This is the logical extension of what  the anti-abortion woman – movement wants. They want women to have no  control over their own bodies. They want the Texas legislature to  decide whether this woman has to carry this baby to term, even though she’s  dead. It is a repulsive abrogation of women’s autonomy. This is an  anti-woman law.

The CNN host gave the first hint of his bias on the issue in his lead  question to Copenhagen Zoo’s scientific director, Bengt Holst: “I’ve seen  reports that other zoos – private philanthropists, even – were willing to step  in and make sure that this giraffe wasn’t killed. Why not do that? Why  kill the giraffe?” When Holst explained that the offers weren’t valid  ones and that “we don’t want to send our animal to places where we don’t know  what happens to it after we have delivered it,” Cooper replied, “What’s  worse that could happen to an animal, though, than being  killed?
The scientific director retorted, in part, that “the  most important thing for us is that an animal has to have a good life as long as  it lives – be it short life or long life – but it has to be a good life. I mean,  if you send it to a place where you cannot take responsibility for it anymore,  you risk it going to what we would call a substandard place.” Cooper then asked  his “doesn’t the life of the animal itself have some value” question, which led  to Holst underlining that human society regularly controls various animal  populations:

HOLST: It has a value, and that’s why we say it has a  value as long as it lives. So, it has to have a good life as long as it  lives….we human beings are the ones controlling animals’ lives all the  time. And we do it for our domestic animals; we do it for the animals in the  parks; in the forests; on the open land. We do it everywhere.

The CNN anchor later indicated to Hanna that he just couldn’t comprehend why  the zoo took the course of action that it did:

ANDERSON COOPER: I don’t quite understand what – I mean,  he seemed adamant that there was no other option basically for this  giraffe….They couldn’t give to it any other zoo; and even some of the zoos  they could give it to – it was a matter of space. It seems like people  go to great lengths to – you know, adopt dogs to save them from being killed. It  seems like adopting a giraffe for a zoo to – you know, some zoo somewhere would  be able to take this giraffe.

Cooper became the most adamant, to use his own term, about his pro-animal  rights position towards the end of the segment with Hanna:

COOPER:  What he seems to be saying is that the animal itself doesn’t really have any  right to live; or the animal itself, there’s no inherent value in the  animal living out its natural life, which just seems odd for – I mean,  zoos in the United States are…spending tens of millions of dollars to try to  recreate habitats; to try to – you know, give polar bears an existence that is  one like the one they would have in the wild. It just seems odd that  there’s no sense from this guy that the animal itself – the life of the animal  actually matters. It’s just a product in the breeding program.
HANNA: Right. I like that term you use – ‘a product in the breeding program.’  Anderson, this is a living creature. It’s like I was taught on our farm – my dad – and I try to teach people whether you go to a pet shop or wherever you  buy a pet or whatever – you have an obligation to that animal, Anderson. That’s  a living creature. God put that creature on earth for certain reasons. It  teaches responsibility; it teaches love. That’s what the zoological  world does.

COOPER: In talking to him, I started to think: well, if  you’re killing 20 to 30 exotic animals a year because they don’t fit into your  breeding program anymore, it just, sort of, makes you start to question – well,  what’s the real value of this breeding program if these aren’t – if it’s not an  endangered animal. I mean, I know you – this zoo, you know, wants to keep – keep  a stock going and wants to attract people, but at a certain point, the animals  themselves should have some right to actually having a life.
HANNA: They  sure should, shouldn’t they? We’re now trying to build places in this country – our country – to take surplus animals where they can live out their regular  lives….We’re trying teach people what they will never see, Anderson. You and I  have seen it. That’s why I appreciate what you know about the animal world,  because you’re one of the few reporters that have gotten out there and  understand why it’s so important….
COOPER: It just seems odd. I mean, I kind of wonder if this zoo has a poster somewhere that says – you  know, enjoy our animals. We are going to kill 20 of them this year, but – you  know, enjoy them while they last. No one, I think, knowing that would, kind of,  keep going to that zoo. It just seems an odd set of priorities.

To be fair, the CNN anchor did gave a platform to a woman, who decided to  let her infant daughter live despite her severe genetic defects, during a June 3, 2009 interview on Anderson Cooper 360:

COOPER: Obviously, other women, other families in that  situation make different choices.
ELDER: Right.
COOPER: Do you  believe that- that women should have the right to make that choice?
ELDER: When a baby is a fully formed, living baby, I don’t think that, really,  we have ever had the choice to- to take a life at that stage. I think that- that’s a — that’s a fully-formed baby. I mean, I think you had some of the  pictures up there, and you saw her. She’s a fully-formed baby. She was born  early, by the way. She came out at eight months….
COOPER: Well, I- I  appreciate you coming on and talking about this. I know it’s not easy,  and I appreciate you writing the e-mail to me and- and that we were able to have  you on today. Thank you very much.
ELDER: Thank you so  much.
COOPER: Thanks. Thanks for your strength.

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Note the pro-human life language for saving animals spewing forth from their mouthes. CNN=putting down animals = bad. Killing babies by the millions = good.

There are many animals on  endangered lists…. human babies are not one of them. (:

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