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Inuit, the Polar Bear and Climate Change


Environment  (tags: native rights, hunting, Inuit, polar bears, environment, animals, climate-change, humans, habitat, world, protection, wildlife )

Cal
- 800 days ago - theecologist.org
What's really behind the sudden global concern over the Inuit's right to hunt - a concern that swung the polar bear vote at CITES?



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Marlene Dinkins (265)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 9:04 am
Notato Cal!!! grazie ciao!!!!!
 

pam w. (140)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 9:29 am
The Inuit AND the polar bear are doomed. We have lost the Arctic.
 

Sheila D. (26)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 11:16 am
If the Inuit were the only ones in the world hunting polar bears and whales, there wouldn't be a problem, but that's not the case. And how do they control everyone else's hunting if they allow the Inuit to hunt these animals? If they could ever figure out how to make it work without the rest of the world demanding equal access, maybe we could save both.
 

Winn Adams (216)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 11:23 am
Sad
 

Lois Jordan (59)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:18 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.
 

Gloria picchetti (302)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 5:00 pm
When the Intuit hunting traditions began there was no global warming and polar bears were not an endangered species. They have to get over the hunting polar bear tradition because it's not a happening that is acceptable any longer.
 

Clint B. (1)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 5:46 pm
Very interesting story & heck of alot for everyone to think about.
 

Dave C. (234)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 6:37 pm
interesting. thanks.
 

Jason S. (53)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 7:36 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Shawna S. (44)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 8:41 pm
Unlike ivory poachers or whale hunters etc.. the Inuit use almost 100% of their kills...whether seals or polar bears.

Thanks for the post Cal :")
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 9:34 pm
Thank you, Cal, for the educational article. I wonder if they could qualify for micro-loans to make crafts that they could sell on the Greater Good website or something else of that nature.
 

cathie S. (154)
Monday March 25, 2013, 12:39 am
tyvm
 

Ilona a. (51)
Monday March 25, 2013, 1:57 am
noted, thank you
 

Marcel Elschot (260)
Monday March 25, 2013, 5:23 am
Noted, thank you
 

Connie O. (43)
Monday March 25, 2013, 6:44 am
noted, thank you
 

Jane H. (139)
Monday March 25, 2013, 9:27 am
noted
 

Anna Undebeck (225)
Monday March 25, 2013, 10:33 am
Noted. ty cal
 

Jude Hand (56)
Monday March 25, 2013, 2:49 pm
Noted. It was a well written article on a pretty complex subject. At first I think, well, who are we to mess with indigenous folks' cultures? And then I listen to some of the thoughts about even indigenous peoples' adjusting to the changes implicit in our environmental situation and realize that makes sense. Personally, I hate the fact that the polar bears are losing the fight, as it were. I'm glad that some indigenous youth are fine with other replicas. I appreciate the argument that many people throughout the ages have had to adjust their livelihood for whatever reason. I'm angry that this sounds like more of a political and financial fight than one concerned about the bear and the environment. And, after all of this, I realize that I'm angry that CITES "won". Drat!! Everybody happy now, selling polar bears' teeth and nails and hunks of fur?! These animals who may be extinct by the next generation?! The hunting doesn't even figure in that much, from what I read. So, using the claim that that cultural activity is one that can't be lost or stolen and that is why CITES didn't approve the proposal is bull; just a ploy. Very, very sad.
 

Gabriela V. (171)
Monday March 25, 2013, 11:43 pm
Thank you!
 
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