Polar Bears in Peril

Wildlife — By on October 5, 2008 at 6:59 am
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Polar Bear - in the Swim

With John McCain’s naming of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate last month, the nation has taken a crash course in trying to figure out exactly who this self-proclaimed “hockey mom” is, and where she stands on important national issues. Whether or not you believe she opposed the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” one thing is clear – she does not appear to be a friend to wildlife. Many have heard about her support for the brutal practice of aerial hunting. But did you know that she actually filed a lawsuit to prevent the listing of polar bears as an endangered species?

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Polar Bears in Peril

Palin ignored the recommendations of Alaskan scientists and objected to the U.S. Interior Department‘s naming of the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because melting ice has shrunk its habitat. In fact, she sued the federal government in August 2008 (just before being tapped as a VP candidate) over the potential listing as “not based on sound science.” Palin argued that the polar bear population has increased over the past 30 years. Her primary concern is that listing polar bears as threatened would unnecessarily curb oil and gas drilling in certain areas where the bears live. Palin’s actions seek to challenge the announcement of Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne that he would accept the recommendation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list polar bears as threatened because “the loss of sea ice [due to global warming] threatens and will likely continue to threaten polar bear habitat.” Due to the continuing loss of habitat, polar bears are at risk of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future – this qualifies them under the law for the threatened listing. Who has not seen photos like the one above? Can we really deny that the bears’ habitat is shrinking and will continue to do so in the future?

If Palin’s actions concerning polar bears are not disturbing enough, did you know that some Americans travel to Canada to legally hunt the bears and then return home with trophies? You can take action to stop this disturbing import practice by signing a petition to be delivered to the federal Fish and Wildlife Service. You can make a difference in the protection of polar bears!

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12 Comments

  1. Palin is a menace to polar bears and my 21-year-old daughter, who’d like to make her own decisions about her body and her future. Thanks, but no thanks. Great post.

  2. Stephanie says:

    thank you Evelyn! I totally agree! We appreciate your comment and hope that the polar bears get the protection they very much need.

  3. Vladimir says:

    Another one down for Palin. I am glad the polls show McCain starting to trail a lot.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Hi Vladimir – you know, I am very concerned that not many people know about Palin’s record. We see all the clips about how she lives near Russia, etc. Those might be funny, but her environmental/wildlife record is serious stuff.

  5. Shirley says:

    This is a very informative article. I was not aware that Americans are coming into Canada to shoot Polar Bears. How distressing!

    The bears are having enough of their habitat removed via changes in nature. What hope do they have when greedy humans speed up the process that can only lead to their extinction? The only place our great grandchildren will be able to see these magnificent creatures is in captivity, such as zoos.

    Luckily, there’s still time to avert this tragedy….if only the people can make a difference will listen!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Hi Shirley, I was struck by the information about hunting polar bears in Canada too. I want my children and grandchildren to live in a world where animals can still be in their natural habitats and not threatened by man’s greedy, insensitive actions. Thank you for caring enough to leave a comment – and spread the word!

    Stephanie

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    Hi there – actually, you can subscribe to our blog by clicking on the big orange button… just pick how you want to receive updates. I use Google Reader and also my Google homepage for blogs to which I subscribe. Thank you so much for your interest!

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