Trophy hunters are posing beside slain polar bears in a bid to advertise expeditions to the Artic organized by hunting firms.
As per reports, as many as 5,000 polar bears have been killed for sport in the Canadian part of the Artic Circle in recent years.
Worse, the opportunity to hunt these incredible creatures is seen as unique by trophy hunters, with hunting companies cashing in on their vile fantasies.
Worldwide Trophy Adventures is one such company, even offering a second 10-day hunt in the event that a polar bear is not killed during the first scheduled hunt.
The company’s website says their hunting package provides the services of an “experienced Inuit polar bear guide with a dog team throughout the duration of the hunt” as well as “field preparation of the trophy”. The hunt then comes to a close when a “polar bear is harvested”.
In 2008, the U.S. banned the importation of polar bear trophies, declaring them an endangered species, but Norway remains the only country in the world to have completely banned hunting them. As per the Daily Mirror, Canadian Inuits are selling their licences – afforded them since they have hunted bears for food and clothing historically – to trophy hunters.
The price posted for an American to kill a polar bear during a 12-day expedition is listed at $1043.83 ($1,375.50 Canadian), on top of the price of the actual hunt, which stands at a little over $44,000.
I simply can’t fathom how anyone can justify the hunting and killing of such a majestic, noble creature, especially when their way of life is threatened by climate change and a growing scarcity of food.
I for one hate the idea that people kill polar bears simply so they can have a bear’s head above their fire or a rug on their floor.
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