|Sunday, February 12, 2006|
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Calls for Listing of the Polar Bear as Threatened
Sea Shepherd has written to the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife to urge the United States government to take action to protect the polar bear.
"The polar bear must be listed as threatened and polar bear pelts must be banned from import into the United States," said President and Founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Captain Paul Watson.
"Hunting pressures are contributing to the diminishment of polar bear numbers already threatened by escalating trends in global warming and climate change," he added.
American hunters pay in excess of $35,000 for the "right" to slaughter a wild polar bear.
Oscar Wilde said it best when describing the British fox hunt and his words apply to polar bear hunters today: "The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable."
"In a world of starving children," said Captain Watson, "we have impotent men squandering large sums of money to destroy a beautiful and rare creature for the sole purpose of adorning their den with the corpse of a superior animal. This action represents no common good, and is nothing more than the ultimate expression of selfish narcissistic behavior quite common to men who have severe sexual dysfunction."
Sea Shepherd recommends that polar bear hunters redirect their money to helping to alleviate poverty and suffering in the world instead of leaving a legacy of arrogant brutality and ignorant non-productive inhumane pursuits.