Tuesday, April 10, 2007

We love bears - even when they're not cuddly

More than 500,000 people have commented on a proposal to list polar bears as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. America’s polar bears, found exclusively in Alaska, merit additional protection due to global warming.
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in December proposed listing polar bears as threatened, defined in law as likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future. The more drastic listing under the law is “endangered” — in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.

The University of Colorado’s National Snow and Ice Data Center reported last week that Arctic sea ice this winter just missed setting the record for fewest square miles covered since monitoring by satellite began in 1979. In recent years, winter sea ice has fallen by at least 600,000 square miles, double the size of Texas.

4 comments:

Stephen Colbert said...

Mini-Threatdown!

Threat number .5 - Bears!

A momma polar bear at the Berlin Zoo rejected her cub and the zoo has been raising it themselves. This has sparked outrage among animal activists including Frank Albrecht who said"

"Zfeeding by hand is not speecies appropriacte but a gross violachion of animal protection lawwz. De zoo must keel da bear."

This is outrageous. Why are we protecting bears in zoos. They are our enemies. You don't see water buffalos running lion preserves. So I say KILL THIS BEAR CUB!

pine_marten_hunter said...

Here here.

AndyW said...

"Zfeeding by hand is not speecies appropriacte but a gross violachion of animal protection lawwz. De zoo must keel da bear."

That's gold

Anonymous said...

If polar bears were not preserved in zoos, most of us would never get the chance to observe these beautiful creatures. That little hand-raised cub is worth gold to the zoo in terms of entry fees and community involvement. The money in turn goes to help suppport all animals in the zoo for everyone's enjoyment. If Mr. Albrecht indeed did make such a crass comment, I would say that it was his mother who should have rejected her "cub" years ago as obviously he is defective.