September 2010 Mission – Bears

This months mission was originally going to be solely about Polar bears, but while I was looking for all the information, I was given some extra information by my dear friend andrastea777, about the horrific practise of bear baiting

I read about it and I watched the video, and I can honestly say that apart from sitting here and weeping uncontrollably..I was sickened and made to feel ashamed that I am human.

This mission is a paradox….

On one hand our ‘advanced’ civilization has developed technology and industry….which has ironically brought about the now very real potential extinction of  the Polar bears.

On the other hand we are living in the dark ages…… torturing innocent animals in a completely inhuman way…. for sport!

Please read all the information.

The video about the Polar bears is not upsetting….just beautiful.

I was not going to include the video about bear baiting, but I feel I have to.

I leave it up to you to decide if you want to watch it…but I warn you…it’s very very distressing….

Global Warming and Polar Bears

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The chief threat to the polar bear is the loss of its sea ice habitat due to global warming.

The polar bear is actually a marine mammal that spends far more time at sea than it does on land. It is on the Arctic ice that the polar bear makes its living, which is why global warming is such a serious threat to its well-being.

As climate change melts sea ice, the U.S. Geological Survey projects that two thirds of polar bears will disappear by 2050. This dramatic decline in the polar bear is occurring in our lifetime, which is but a miniscule fraction of the time polar bears have roamed the vast Arctic seas.

Some of the ways they are being affected:

  • Population sizes decreasing

  • Sea ice platforms moving farther apart and swimming conditions more dangerous

  • Fewer hunting opportunities and increased scarcity of food

Retreating Sea Ice Platforms

The retreat of ice has implications beyond the obvious habitat loss. Remaining ice is farther from shore, making it less accessible. The larger gap of open water between the ice and land also contributes to rougher wave conditions, making the bears’ swim from shore to sea ice more hazardous.

In 2004, biologists discovered four drowned polar bears in the Beaufort Sea, and suspect the actual number of drowned bears may have been considerably greater. Never before observed, biologists attributed the drowning to a combination of retreating ice and rougher seas.

Scarcity of Food

Exacerbating the problems of the loss of hunting areas, it is expected that the shrinking polar ice cap will also cause a decline in polar bears’ prey — seals. The reduction in ice platforms near productive areas for the fish that the seals eat affects their nutritional status and reproduction rates.

The polar bear is the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” of the serious threat global warming posses to wildlife species around the world, unless we take immediate and significant action to reduce global warming pollution.

Here are the links to three petitions… Please sign them all, and come and say mission accomplished when you have done so.

Many thanks to andrastea777, who found these petitions and has helped to put this mission together…I could not have done it without you


http://supporter.naturecanada.ca/site/PageServer?pagename=CharlesandRogerPetition

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2167/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2773

www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/295/247/700/

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Bear Baiting


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Usually held at local fairs in Pakistan, this cruel practice pits dogs against bears that have had their claws and teeth removed. The extraction of teeth and claws in itself is a cruel and agonizing practice.

Before the fight, the bears are tied to a post which renders them defenseless to the dogs‘ frenzied attack.

Where does it take place?
Only in Pakistan.

Is it illegal?
Yes, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1890 and under the Pakistan Wildlife Act. It is also illegal under Islamic Law to bait animals.

What type of injuries occur?
Bears sustain more injuries than dogs and usually suffer ripped noses and mouths.  Most bears are permanently scarred, but the killing of either animal is avoided, as they are too valuable.

How many animals are involved?
Up to 300 bears, and around 1,000 dogs were involved when WSPA first undertook investigations. Today the number of fighting bears has been reduced to around 70.

How many people attend?
Most fights attract a crowd of up to 2,000 spectators.

Admission costs the equivalent of 50 cents.

A bear owner receives up to $150 per event and a fully trained bear or dog can be worth more than $2,000.

With the full commitment of the Pakistani government, the chances of ending bear baiting is very high. WSPA is pleased to report increased efforts by the Pakistani Government and wildlife officials, but more action is still needed.

WSPA is seeking to form a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure that all leads are followed and acted upon, confiscations are made and that any confiscated bear is released into the WSPA-built sanctuaries.

http://www.wspa-international.org/latestnews/2010/new_home_for_baited_bears_pakistan.aspx

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE    Donate to the WSPA  This dreadful cruel sport has to stop!I have donated, and will continue to do so.

Also, tragically, the original shelter that the WSPA had set up, was destroyed in the recent floods in Pakistan, so they need even more help now.

https://www.wspa-usa.org/pages/2198_general_donation_form.cfm


Also, here are two petitions to stop cruelty to bears.

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-bears-in-korea.html

http://www.gopetition.com/petition/38453.html

Come back and say mission accomplished when you have donated, and/or signed the petitions.

Thankyou NorthSwallow for finding the beautiful picture of the bears.


Men are cruel, but Man is kind    – Rabindranath Tagore

L.O.V.E.

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