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How is this still legal?
Natural Resource Defense Council ^ | 5/16/12 | Kennedy

Posted on 05/16/2012 9:44:59 AM PDT by pabianice

The real cost of a polar bear rug

Every year, hunters kill hundreds of polar bears and then sell their parts legally in the international market. Urge the Obama Administration to pursue a worldwide ban on the commercial trade in polar bear parts.

I find it truly shocking that in this day and age, hunters are still gunning down polar bears to peddle their skins, teeth, claws and skulls on the international market.

If you agree that the world doesn’t have polar bears to spare -- certainly not to end up as rugs -- then please help NRDC end this gruesome trade once and for all.

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose a ban on the trafficking of polar bears for profit.

This is a make or break moment. The Obama Administration is deciding whether or not to propose such a ban at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

This is no time for our government to be on the fence about polar bear protection.

Polar bears are already struggling for survival. They are mortally threatened by climate change, toxic pollution and oil development.

Scientists predict that rising temperatures alone will cause two-thirds of the world’s polar bears to go extinct by 2050. We simply can’t afford to let commercial hunting and trafficking kill off hundreds of them every year.

In 2010, at the last meeting of CITES, the United States led the way and sponsored a ban -- but that effort fell short of the votes needed. Since then, the polar bear’s plight has only grown more dire.

Please ask the Obama Administration to lead the way again by proposing a ban, in advance of the next meeting of CITES in March 2013, and to build a winning coalition with like-minded range states, such as Russia, to pass it.

Polar bears need our help more than ever. In the face of the climate change that is ravaging their habitat, we must do everything we can to bolster their populations for the sake of polar bear survival.

I hope you’ll stand with me and NRDC in defense of polar bears by sending a message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today. And thank you for responding to their plight.

Sincerely, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., NRDC Senior Attorney


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This article is so full of crap that it's hard to know where to start in debunking it. That's a Kennedy/NRDC article for you.

Polar bears are not endangered. In fact,with an estimated population approaching 25,000, there are now more polar bears than at any other time in recorded history (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_bears#cite_note-PBI-26).

The poles are not melting. There is more observed total ice cover now than in the past 50 years (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1242011/DAVID-ROSE-The-mini-ice-age-starts-here.html).

The global temperature is dropping (http://www.dailytech.com/Temperature+Monitors+Report+Widescale+Global+Cooling/article10866.htm).

Polar environments are not being ravaged. They remain unchanged from what was first observed in the 19th century (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_ecology).

I personally do not approve of hunting for other than providing food. But unlike NRDC or a Kennedy, I refuse to force my views upon others. I would suggest that Robert Kennedy instead devote his time to making whole the children and grandchildren of those brutalized by the old gangster and bootlegger himself, Joe Kennedy, Sr.

1 posted on 05/16/2012 9:45:00 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Polar bears are simply a variety of brown bear. If we ran out of polar bears we could probably breed up another bunch by carefully selecting brown bears.


2 posted on 05/16/2012 9:47:25 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: pabianice
James Taylor is on the board of the NRDC. The first time I ever heard of them was at one of his concerts.

I don't go to his concerts anymore.

3 posted on 05/16/2012 9:48:38 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: pabianice

Where can I find a polar bear rug? Not Wal Mart!


4 posted on 05/16/2012 9:51:27 AM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: pabianice
Hunter facing jail for polar bear he (legally) shot a decade ago
5 posted on 05/16/2012 9:51:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: pabianice
Sincerely, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Skimmed down to see who wrote this and never read a feckin' word.
An entire family of mental degenerates.
6 posted on 05/16/2012 9:52:22 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: pabianice

Where can I support the hunters?

And how much is a Polar Bear rug? (Probably in the $10Ks, but I’m curious!)


7 posted on 05/16/2012 9:52:46 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: pabianice
Well if 2/3 of all polar bears go extinct, then how will we have any for the other 1/3 to mate?

Perhaps Mr. Kennedy is worried about a die-off but instead uses “extinct” improperly?

Or is he being deliberately inflammatory using code words to incite a riot among followers? Why that couldn't be!

Besides, American and Canadian Indians are not subject to laws like this. And I'll bet that citizens of Mother Russia are among the worst offenders that offend a Kennedy.

8 posted on 05/16/2012 9:53:18 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: pabianice

I'm guessing the writer is not warming up to Sarah, despite her nice, toasty polar bear rug that would look great in the Oval Office.

9 posted on 05/16/2012 9:54:43 AM PDT by Pollster1 (“A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.” - John Steinbeck)
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To: pabianice

blah blah blah....enviro crap polluting the atmosphere yet again

save a forest plant a Sierra Club Member


10 posted on 05/16/2012 9:56:25 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Pollster1

that ain’t a polar bear that be a kodiak


11 posted on 05/16/2012 9:57:31 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: pabianice

I say leave the polar bear alone. The parts are probably being sold to some Asian so he can have a hard you know what.


12 posted on 05/16/2012 9:59:25 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Nifster
that ain’t a polar bear that be a kodiak

Thanks for the correction. I wondered if it was Kodiak, but Google said polar so I attributed the darkness to lighting.

13 posted on 05/16/2012 10:10:26 AM PDT by Pollster1 (“A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.” - John Steinbeck)
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To: muawiyah

What’s the big deal? We just fish them out of the ocean where they drowned where the North Pole used to be. /sarc


14 posted on 05/16/2012 10:15:24 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Pollster1

Love that picture. Shows a confident, dedicated, successful, Mom, and business person with courage. The picture probably makes a lot of lefties want to squirm...


15 posted on 05/16/2012 10:16:10 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Bacon wrapped in bacon, wrapped in bacon, wrapped in bacon...)
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To: pabianice

I favor opening a season on polar bears and hunting them from helicopters. To be followed by seal-clubbing season (no bag limit) and Whale-fest (harpoon and release).

To hell with these self-appointed “guardians”. It’s my planet too.


16 posted on 05/16/2012 10:40:27 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: IronJack

And go after the penguins....I always found it ironic that in the movie “Happy Feet” that the penguins were complaining that there wasn’t enough fish for them to eat...well how do you think those poor fish felt about it? Whoopee now we just get to be eaten by penguins.


17 posted on 05/16/2012 10:43:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: pabianice

Are Polar Bear rugs for sale anywhere on the net? Any idea of the approximate price?


18 posted on 05/16/2012 10:58:23 AM PDT by Vesparado
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To: dfwgator

If you want an animal to go extinct, just eliminate its only economic reason for existence. In other words, like Kenya outlawing hunting, the elephants, etc have been decimated by poachers, while Zimbabwe, Tanzania, etc are from borderline to definitely overpopulated with them. The folks who make $$$ from hunting will police their hunting areas, if they can’t hunt, the only result is massive illegal poaching. Getting a lib to understand this is damn near impossible however. Most game animals are saved by hunters, not preservationists.


19 posted on 05/16/2012 10:59:40 AM PDT by nobamanomore
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I just saw the name .......Kennedy. I’ll bet he’s spent a lot of time in the wilderness areas of the world. Another expert who has never walked off concrete.


20 posted on 05/16/2012 11:01:05 AM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: pabianice
How is this still legal

I personally don't hunt for other than food either, but I have other resources I use to pay the bills. There is more global warming crap in the article below, but it explains that the Inuits in Davis Strait area are allowed to kill six bears a year. I have no problem with these hunters selling legal products from the bear to feed, clothe, and support their families.

"Polar bears 'thriving as the Arctic warms up'

21 posted on 05/16/2012 11:04:50 AM PDT by mulebones
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To: Made In The USA

They did get a good snapshot. You might say, a Kodiak moment.


22 posted on 05/16/2012 11:09:42 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: pabianice

is this the goofy looking Kennedy tat shoots dope?


23 posted on 05/16/2012 11:23:37 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: dfwgator

Then we go after the pandas, koala bears, sea otters, and dolphins ... Any animal cute enough for these morons to use on a poster.


24 posted on 05/16/2012 11:27:31 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: pabianice

Good news! I just shared this article with a whole room full of Inupiaq and Yup’ik high school students - what some folks would call Eskimos. I just told them about this. They asked why Obama and his supporters would do this. I said it was because they’re a bunch of arrogant snobs who think that they can tell other people how to live their lives. I heard a lot of murmuring about how Obama, environmentalists, and other like them are contemptable, although the kids used cruder and more colorful language.

Call it the reverse Gramscii. I’m making the long march through THEIR institution.

No child left behind indeed.


25 posted on 05/16/2012 11:57:54 AM PDT by redpoll
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To: IronJack

Actually, my sea otter slippers are very warm and comfortable. And I love the little heads!


26 posted on 05/16/2012 12:57:27 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Pollster1
That ain't a polar bear........

FWIW-

27 posted on 05/16/2012 1:02:49 PM PDT by Osage Orange (God is my Co-Pilot.)
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To: pabianice

I’ve got whale-skin hubcaps on my Hummer, and I go bowling with Harp seal skulls. I refuse to eat anything but tuna-safe dolphin, and my toilet paper is made from polar bear pelts. I feed my pit bulls penguin fillets and my piranhas powdered koala brains. I’ve got a panda stuck on a pole in my tobacco field as a scarecrow. And my breakfast this morning was condor eggs and spotted-owl sausage.


28 posted on 05/16/2012 1:50:14 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Pollster1

What does Google know? The tell is that the head is broader and not so long in the snout


29 posted on 05/16/2012 2:43:23 PM PDT by Nifster
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