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Giving Polar Bears a Chance to Survive

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The sport hunt is by far the most ethically troubling. Sport hunting has declined since the ESA listing, because American hunters (the largest demographic among sport hunters targeting polar bears) can no longer import their trophies into the US. Nevertheless, the federal and territorial governments in Canada continue to allow this purely recreational killing to continue. In addition, the products and parts of as many as 300 bears enter the international market every year, for items such as bear skin rugs.

That may not seem like such a large number, but there are at most only 15,000 bears in Canada, meaning 2% a year are being killed for commercial trade, with dozens more killed frivolously for sport. For a top predator with a low birth rate and a strong reliance on high adult survivorship to maintain its numbers, these are dangerously high numbers, especially given the stress the bears already face from climate change. Shooting them for sport and trade is simply unacceptable.

Recently, some of the polar bear quotas in Canada have actually been increased, even as populations are declining. This cannot be allowed to continue. Canada must give polar bears every chance to survive the coming meltdown of the Arctic. The unnecessary killing of this magnificent animal must end, before it’s too late.


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12:51PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Big oil needs to stay off lands where animals live. If we want to destroy la d we r already on so be it, but animals need to stop paying the price for man and the almighty dollar $$$.

5:08AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

signed with much hope tht there will be a way for their to survive. They are such majestic creatures.

7:15AM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

signed with hope

7:14AM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

thank you

4:31AM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS NEED TO BE SAVED OR MANKIND IS LOST.

9:43AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Virgina C, now there's a truly simple-minded person! Her posts prove that her brain is certainly not very 'big or powerful." :D

'Gina: please know that I'm "big and powerful" whether I have a weapon in my hands or NOT.
You insinuate that someone is "stupid" because they don't share your views? Now THAT is the definition of 'stupid."

Try and remember that weapons are just inanimate objects. That's something that liberals like yourself always fail to comprehend.

You're going to have to put a lot more effort into your written insults if you expect people to take you seriously. Check with your friends; maybe they can help you craft some kind of coherent response.

4:30AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Roller C and Ted Nugent - I'm sure you feel very big and strong when you have a gun in your hands - powerful!!! Stupid, brainless morons!

4:27AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

If you really believe that there is no global warming then you must be on drugs!!! Nobody can be that stupid!

4:26AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

What does it matter if they are on the brink of extinction or not??????? For heavens sakes - each one deserves to live out their lives in their own magnificent habitat. We're not culling humans because let's face it, we're the scourge of this planet. Why the hell can't we stop killing off everything else, and in this case, these magnificent bears.

2:55PM PDT on May 7, 2012

Photo Evidence that Global Warming is BOGUS:

http://www.real-science.com/greenland-alaska-ice-1979

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