Polar Bears Keep "Threatened" Status

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A federal judge on Thursday upheld a 2008 decision to protect polar bears throughout their range as a “threatened” species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The polar bear was the first species added to the Endangered Species List due solely to the threat from global warming. polar bear us endangered speciesThis is good news. For the full story, here's the link to the Environmental News Network.

US Groups Fight to Save Polar Bear Hunts

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Now that the species is listed in the US as "threatened," hunters can't import the dead body parts (aka hunting "trophies") in from Canada. Supposedly, environmentalists and animal rights activists have "unfairly made the polar bear into 'the panda bear of North America.'" Tags: canada blood sport polar bear hunting trophy hunting endangered species

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Trophy Hunters Imperil Polar Bears

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Therefore, to me it's a slam dunk as to whether trophy hunters should continue to hunt polar bears. If a species' very survival is threatened, then it is impractical to hunt it for mere entertainment. Tags: indigenous hunting canada polar bear trophy hunting endangered species arctic I have no sympathy for trophy hunters. They are not hunting for food or for any subsistence whatsoever.

Chinese Authorities Seize Bear Parts

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The load included 173 bear paws, one python skin and the carcass of a pangolin — a type of sticky-tongued, toothless, nocturnal anteater that is a menu item in southern China. Bear paws are also considered a delicacy in southern China where exotic animals are favored by diners despite the impact on populations of endangered species. I suppose it shows they are making some effort , but it's still a huge problem.

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Calgary Zoo Feeling Economic Pressure

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They had to cancel a big project that would have showcased polar bears and seals. Lanthier, a veterinarian and walrus researcher who took the helm in Calgary two years ago, says the cancellation of the polar bears exhibit might please some animal-rights extremists, but the reality is a blow to Canada's white bears. Tags: zoos canada seals polar bear endangered species But don't feel too bad for them.

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Saving Marine Animals that Are NOT Cute

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We hear about the problem with charismatic land species. It's those species that either have a powerful personality or a cute face that endear people to them and garner news attention. Examples include panda bears, wolves, elephants, tigers, etc. It's easier to motivate people to save them as opposed to other species that are vital, but either boring or ugly. Tags: marine life marine animals endangered species

Bush Meat, Trafficking Decimate Vietnam

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Over the last two years, authorities have discovered 57 cases of trafficking in wild animals involving more than 7,612 individuals including monkeys and Tibetan bears and elephant tusks. Tags: vietnam exotic meats wildlife trafficking bush meat endangered species Sounds just awful. But the problem is the high demand for these products. From Vietnam News.

Sarah Palin Thinks Bush Administration Too Environmentally Friendly

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The state has sued Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, seeking to reverse his decision to give polar bears protection under the Endangered Species Act. Sarah Palin, a Republican, and other state officials say that by listing the bear as threatened, the government will cripple offshore oil and gas development. How far off the reservation do you have to be to sue the Bush administration over environmental issues because they are too strict?

Marine Life Top of CITES Meeting Agenda

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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or Cites that opened in the Qatari capital on Saturday will be discussing 42 proposals during the next two weeks. Apart from issues like combating elephant poaching for ivory in Africa and banning trade in polar bear skins, those focusing on sharks and tuna are likely to be among the most contentious. Oh look, more meetings. From Al Jazeera.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: It is deeply troubling that a legally mandated and urgently needed decision to protect polar bears under the Endangered Species Act has been delayed by one agency of the Interior Department even as another agency rushes ahead with plans to sell oil and gas leases across a huge expanse of critical polar bear habitat in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea (“ Regulatory Games and the Polar Bear ,” editorial, Jan.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Bearing Up ” (Op-Ed, Jan. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the scientific literature is very clear that polar bear survival is highly threatened in the wild. Because polar bears are at the top of the marine food chain, their bodies accumulate persistent organic pollutants that disrupt their reproductive systems. They are also endangered by a loss of habitat, as energy companies encroach on more and more of their territory for oil and gas operations.