Canada is taking a huge step in recognizing animal conservation throughout the country. An even bigger step would be to make the polar bear Canada's national animal.
Out of 20,000 polar bears left in the world, 15,000 of them call Canada their home.
The beaver was originally selected to promote the European fur trade in the 1970's. The beaver is indeed tradition and history for Canadians, but it is also a long time ago, and history only becomes history once it is changed. Canada has taken massive steps in preventing the fur trade, and I do not believe we should continue to be symbolized by an animal whom we only chose for the purposes of money and greed.
Recent studies have shown that polar bear populations are decreasing because of this. So, in making the polar bear our national animal, it will instill a sense of pride in the animal, and a sense of responsibility for it and its homeland, which coincidentally happens to be our homeland.
This responsibility will generate a bigger interest in population and habitat conservation, which will not only protect the polar bears, but will also start to heal the land we've slowly killed over the years. There is no possible way to help the polar bears, without in turning helping other Arctic animals such as the Ringed Seal, its primary prey, and Arctic habitats and environments.
In addition to arctic lands, the new focus on them will help people understand the crisis that our country and others are in, getting mind gears grinding about global warming and what we can do to help and reduce its impacts, like cleaner energy forms and the like. It will more than likely increase tourism to the parts of Canada that house polar bears, Manitoba and the territories mainly.
Improving our economy and our native land at the same time with something so small will have a snowball effect on everything, and I don't see that as such a bad thing.
The polar bear is a great symbol for Canada. Polar bear's medicine includes the ability to navigate along the earth’s magnetic lines, introspection, ability to find sustenance in barren landscapes, purity of spirit, strength in the face of adversity, expert swimmer through emotional waters, finding ones way back from the brink, and communication with Spirit. Intelligent and fearless, native tribes throughout history have held the polar as a desirable ally and spirit helper. The white colour of the polar bear is very significant indeed, for it represents purity of spirit. As this bear is fearless and the universal energy only flows when fear is absent, the polar serves as a valuable ally in getting past fear, both physically and mentally.
Making the Polar Bear our National Animal will help in aiding their population and habitat conservation, as well in creating a sense of responsibility in Canadians for our home and native land, as well as the creatures that inhabit it.
View live Polar Bear cams in Manitoba!->
WWF Polar Bears-> http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/arctic/area/species/polarbear/
POLAR BEARS INTERNATIONAL-> http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/
National Geographic Kids-> http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/polar-bear/
Toronto Zoo, Adopt an Animal-> http://www.torontozoo.com/supportthezoo/adoptananimal.asp