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China’s thrill-seeking nouveau riche are being offered a £50,000 trip of a lifetime – hunting down endangered polar bears, the Daily Mail can reveal. The expensive price tag for the 10-day expedition across the polar ice pack in Canada includes the services of a taxidermist, who at the end of the hunt turns the trophy specimens into prized rugs for the “rookie” hunters’ living rooms. The polar bear is the most extreme of natural enemies in North America,' declares the Beijing-based I Love Hunting Club in its brochure.
After flying first class and acclimatising at their five star hotel, the hunters – super rich Chinese business men and women - set out on dog sleds across the protected polar bear habitats in search of their controversial quarry.
'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'
Trophy hunting appeals to the hundreds of Chinese tycoons keen to pit themselves armed against wild animals armed with a gun. Canada is the only country to allow international, non-native trophy hunters to kill on its soil and approximately 500 polar bears are killed each year. Scientists claimed in 2008 between 20-25,000 remain in the wild. But that number could be cut by two thirds by mid century if the Arctic continues to warm due to climate change, as many experts predict.
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 defines "endangered" as "any species which is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range." "Threatened" is defined as "any species which is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range."
The reason they are being hunted is because they are rare, if you mass produce them, then their value drops and people don't feel the "kick" from killing them. Its just like how no one would hunt a pig or chicken..
I think it is wrong to hunt and end the life of any living creature for sport or entertainment.
It is beyond my comprehension how any human can find it entertaining to shoot and kill another creature.
Every animal on this planet has a right to life, it is not for us to take away that right just because we are bored and want to be entertained.