As if the forces of extinction from habitat dissolution weren’t ‘enough’. This from the Independent on Sunday (IoS) –
Rich “sportsmen” are paying up to $35,000 (£17,000) per trip to hunt down and kill polar bears, which are then stuffed and mounted for display.
An IoS investigation has identified 10 companies offering polar bear hunting trips. On many of their websites are images of bloody bear carcasses, besides which a grinning hunter poses with gun or crossbow.
Some animals appear to have several wounds, indicating that their deaths were less the climax to a sport and more a slow execution on ice. Experts estimate that around 1,000 of the world’s 22,000-25,000 remaining polar bears are killed each year.
Full article here.