Oct 20, 2019

Polar Bear Trophy Hunters Pose By Endangered Animal Corpses In The Arctic

Sickening photos of trophy hunters with the bodies of slaughtered polar bears are being used to advertise hunt exhibitions costing thousands, with 'high success rates and good trophy quality' promised.

In hunt trips organized for the purpose killing a specific species to add to their mantel, blood thirsty hunters stalk the large prey in their natural habitat, taking an easy shot. Often trophy hunters will then remove body parts of the defeated animal, sometimes illegally transporting them home to the UK or USA to be preserved and displayed in their homes.

Experts reveal 5,000 of the beasts have been killed for the sport in the Arctic Circle in recent years. Since 1995 there have been 17 attempts to import polar bear 'trophies' into the UK, reports The Mirror. An increase in the number of specialist hunting firms offering trips to the Arctic circle directly above Canada to customers in the UK, U.S. and China, is thought to have lead to the disturbing trend.

Eduardo Gonçalves, Founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, told The Mirror:
“It is well known polar bears are in serious danger of becoming extinct because of climate change. If we want to see them survive, we need to stop the senseless slaughter. The ­Government should ban imports of all hunting trophies right away.”

One hunt provider, which states they have run polar bear hunts for 30 years, explains that they use 'quota systems' put in place by the local Inuit population to fulfil the hunting needs of those willing to pay. The price posted for an American to kill a polar bear during a 12-day exhibition is listed as £845 ($1,375.50 Canadian) - additional to the price of the hunt listed at £36,000.

A taxidermist for your 'trophy' is also recommended by the site which writes: 'Your Polar Bear hide, skull, and baculum bone will be shipped frozen to a recommended Canadian Taxidermist to be fleshed and cleaned properly.’ Polar bears are classified as 'vulnerable' by the World Wildlife Foundation who believe there are between 22,000-31,000 of the species left in the wild.

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