PLEASE STOP THIS BARBARIC ACT-POLAR BEAR'S NEED PROTECTING by LARS OLE MORTENSEN
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PLEASE STOP THIS SENSELESS KILLING OF OUR POLAR BEAR...DID YOU KNOW THAT WE, ON OUR PLANET WE HAVE ONLY 22,000 POLAR BEARS LEFT...PLEASE TRY TO PROTECT OUR POLAR BEARS...THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM A COLLEGUE OF CHANGE.ORG...WE COULDN'T HAVE SAID THIS BETTER SO I HOPE IT IS OK THAT I GIVE HIM CREDIT AND VIEW FOR ALL TO SEE...Polar Bears are some of the most majestic and beautiful animals in the world. The global population estimate is between 20 000 and 22 000. This classifies the Polar Bear as 'threatened.' Without ice Polar Bears are unable to reach their prey.
But the most immediate threat is hunting. Over 1000 polar bears are hunted annually! This prevents the Polar Bear population from increasing to a healthier number. Canada is the only nation in the world that allows Polar Bear hunting by non-natives and non-citizens. (Polar Bears also live in Alaska, Russia, Greenland, & Norway) Canada sells polar bear hunting licenses to trophy hunters. The main problem with this is that 60% of Polar Bears reside in Canada.
The Canadian government are paying hunters for Polar Bear hides! The government pre-pays hunters for the hides of bears shot in this subsistence hunt, and then sells the hides at auction for up to $11,000 (which also goes to the hunter), it blurs the line between a subsistence hunt and a commercial hunt.
Polar Bears are protected under national law and international treaty, so Canada’s Polar Bears can only be harvested by Inuit hunters for subsistence, OR by trophy hunters guided by Inuit.
Allowing hunting by non-natives and non-citizens and selling hunting licenses to trophy hunters creates a bloody business where radical hunters sell hunting tours to Canada and kill Polar Bears. The hunt of one male Polar Bear is offered for 35.000 and as we know there are enough rich people who book these tours to get their trophy! There is also an increase in polar bear skin sales!
By booking one of these horrifying tours, the trophy hunters are allowed to go to 5 or 6 day hunting trips in which they chase polar bears with several dogs and after a long chase, when the Polar Bear is exhausted from running, he stops to finally try to make the dogs that are surrounding him go away, at which point the hunter gets closer and shoots several arrows until he is finally dead. This means pure torture for the Polar Bear. Cruelty on animals can not be worse than this.
Tell the Canadian government to stop the legal slaughter of one of the MOST endangered species in the world.
The irresponsible killing of this threatened species for pure trophy hunting as well as commercial trade in polar bear products must be stopped -- now! Before it's too late!
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