Polar Bear Hunting Club! OMG!

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I found this posted on another board and wanted to share it here because this is MADDENING!!!

According to the Daily Mail, one Chinese company called the 'I Love Hunting Club' is drawing criticism for selling travel packages to adventure-seeking tourists offering the chance to kill polar bears in Canada. Reports indicate that nearly a hundred people, mostly Chinese businessmen, have shelled out $80,000 for the trip which includes: airfare, accommodations, foreign hunting permits, tracking guides to help find a bear, a bow and arrow or rifle to kill it with, taxidermy services to mount the animal or to make it into a rug, and finally a souvenir DVD documenting the entire sickening affair.

One can only wonder how aware the public was of this policy which allows for the imperiled species to be hunted for $80,000 -- particularly considering a recent survey which revealed that Canadians were willing to pay $420,000 per polar bear to save them.

From one of the I Love Hunting Club's brochures:

http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-sp ... anada.html I THINK WE NEED TO GOOGLE THE "I LOVE HUNTING CLUB" AND EMAIL THEM AND TELL THEM HOW SHAMEFUL THIS IS!!

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OK....I CHECKED OUT THE LINK MYSELF AND WATCHED A VIDEO OF A COUPLE OF THEM KILL A BLACK BEAR AND AFTER READING (WHAT I AM POSTING BELOW) I AM EVEN MORE OUTRAGED THAT CANADA ALLOWS THIS HUNTING AND IT'S AN AMERICAN THAT IS PROMOTING AND MAKING MONEY OFF OF IT! I WANT HIS HIDE ON A WALL! HOW WOULD THE CHINESE FEEL ABOUT A FOREIGNER SELLING TOURS TO KILL THEIR PANDA'S?? ?? ?? NO DIFFERENT IN MY OPINION!!! READ BELOW...

From one of the I Love Hunting Club's brochures:

"The polar bear is the most extreme of natural enemies in North America. Their weight can reach one ton, and they can grow to more than three meters in length. The huge male bear specimens are the most majestic, most beautiful of hunting prizes!"

The club's owner, American hunting specialist Scott Lupien, says there's a high demand for polar bear skins among Chinese elites, and his Beijing-based company's travel package to hunt the animals is only slightly more expensive than importing the product, making his offer all the more lucrative. While clearly a profitable venture for Lupien, the sportsman attempts to skirt criticism by claiming that the hunts are actually good for polar bears.

"If a male runs into a female with cubs, it attacks the cubs. Hunting males actually helps the young population survive," Lupien tells the Daily Mail. "The animal rights guys know this but they don’t want to admit it. And if you believe the ice caps are melting as some claim, these bears are going to die anyway, so you may as well hunt them."

What may be more surprising than the fact that there are people willing to spend significant amounts of money to hunt polar bears is the fact that, in Canada, it is somehow still legal. Despite being classified as a threatened species on the U.S. Endangered Species list, a drop in their numbers due to melting arctic ice, and a grim outlook in light of the ongoing effects of global warming, Canada remains the only up to 500 polar bears to be killed each year by trophy hunters from abroad.

One can only wonder how aware the public was of this policy which allows for the imperiled species to be hunted for $80,000 -- particularly considering a recent survey which revealed that Canadians were willing to pay $420,000 per polar bear to save them.

MAYBE CANADA NEEDS TO CHANGE SOME POLICIES?? ??

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OMG I just checked out the site for this hunting club. They are not only hunting in Canada but Africa too. They had a picture of a lion, leopard, zebra, rhino and tiger along with others. This is so WRONG!! The American who founded this hunting club has no conscience! How could he? Some of those animals they are hunting are endangered or threatened! This is horrible.

http://www.52safari.com/

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