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

New Jersey Bear Hunt to Continue as Planned

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Despite efforts by animal rights activists to stop this hunt, it is scheduled to continue. New Jersey’s first bear hunt in five years is just a week away and set to go on as planned despite a last-ditch effort by several animal rights organizations to have the hunt postponed. The bear hunt, set to take place from Dec. 6 to 11, is authorized under the state’s recently adopted Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP).

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Trophy Hunters Imperil Polar Bears

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They are not hunting for food or for any subsistence whatsoever. It's all about the thrill of the hunt and, sorry to say it, the thrill of the testosterone surge. 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. The cost of a trophy hunt can start at $35,000. I have no sympathy for trophy hunters.

Humane Society Puts Pressure on South Carolina's Bear Baying

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A declawed, defanged bear is chained to a stake as hunting dogs bark and snap, trying to force the bear to stand on its hind legs. The training exercise called bear baying is intended to make the bears easier to shoot in the wild and it's only allowed in South Carolina. Animal rights advocates say it's cruel to the nearly defenseless bears and harms them psychologically. Ugh, this is barbaric and right out of the dark ages. From the AP.

The Inuit Point of View on Polar Bears

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Here's an article in the Nunatsiaq News that talks about polar bear conservation from the Inuit point of view. The Inuit harvest, or hunt, polar bears in Canada. "In But not with polar bears." He said that a lot of Inuit feel betrayed by the animal rights movement, and by some biologists when it comes to polar bears. Tags: indigenous hunting canada inuit polar bear

King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt. Apparently it isn't the first time the King has been shooting big game in Africa, or elsewhere (Apparently he killed a bear in Russia a few years ago too). africa spain blood sport hunting elephantsFrom the Wildlife Extra News. April 2012.

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Polar Bear Hunters Face Battle Over Extinction Worries

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Native and sport polar bear hunters may be facing more restrictions due to increasing threats to bear populations. A limit on the hunting of polar bears by sportsmen and native Arctic people will top the agenda at an international summit in Norway tomorrow, seen as vital to the survival of the predator. Tags: polar bear

Bush Meat, Trafficking Decimate Vietnam

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Dr Scott Roberton, head of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said that hunting wild animals for meat and trafficking had been happening in many countries, especially developing ones. In Viet Nam, hunting and trade in wild animals had been alarming, he said. 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. Sounds just awful.

PETA and IFAW Plan 24 City Tour of Canada

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Both groups will be protesting the seal hunt using the Olympic torch ceremony as the backdrop. The inflatable mascot will bear a banner demanding an end to the commercial seal slaughter and will be accompanied by animal advocates who will enlist people to call on their representatives in Parliament to support legislation that would end the slaughter.

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From Today's New York Times

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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. We must recognize the shortsighted nature of Governor Palin’s appeal not to list the polar bear as endangered.

Untamed Americas

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In a rarely filmed event, see newly awakened black bears go on the hunt for newborn elk calves. We are so excited about this new mini-series from National Geographic! Untamed Americas ” is a high-definition miniseries event narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin. The first of the series premiers June 10th, 2012. In it we get to see some of the amazing places in the wild areas of North America, Central America and South America.

John Passmore (1914-2004) on the Moral Status of Animals

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The Puritan," Macaulay once wrote with condemnatory intent, "hated bear-baiting , not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators." In other words, what they hated—and by no means perversely—was the enjoyment of animal suffering; to the mere fact that the bears suffered as a consequence of human action they were indifferent.

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Animal Companions

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It’s more accurate to say that it’s an imposition—one that we willingly and happily bear for the sake of our companions. We know that he hunts and kills them for pleasure and entertainment; but has he lived with one? Here are three paragraphs from a recent essay by Roger Scruton : As I suggested, science provides authority for this weird morality only when clothed in moral doctrine. The sleight of hand that gave us the “selfish” gene gives us the rights of baboons.

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