“Polar bears thrown under the big oil bus”

Hungry polar bears need our help now.

Scientists began reporting in 2009 that shrinking Arctic sea ice is forcing some hungry male  polar bears to cannibalize bear cubs.

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At least seven cases of mature male polar bears eating bear cubs were spotted this year among the animals around Churchill, Man.

Ian Stirling, a retired Environment Canada biologist who specializes in the Churchill bears, calls it the highest incidence of cannibalization he has ever seen.

Stirling says evidence suggests the cubs are being killed for food, not just so the male can mate with the sow.

He says the Hudson Bay sea ice, which the bears use to get at the seals they need to fatten up for winter, isn’t appearing until weeks later than it used to.
In a melting Arctic, polar bears must travel hundreds of miles to find food or confront starvation, drowning and even cannibalism. Their pups enter the world to face collapsing dens of thinning ice and often too little food.

We need your help now to protect the polar bear.  Please take the Polar Bear Pledge to help us ensure that our children and grandchildren live in a world with polar bears

Despite publicly recognizing the disastrous impact of global warming on polar bears, Interior Secretary Salazar has not pursued policies to save them.  Worse, he’s sided with Big Oil and the Bush administration. He has continued to allow risky oil exploration in America’s Polar Bear Seas—the Chukchi and Beaufort, even though these fragile and remote seas could not withstand a fraction of the Deepwater Horizon’s spill.

Please donate what you can to help us fight to save polar bears and other endangered species?

Secretary Salazar’s determination to deprive the polar bear of needed protections wins praise from wildlife foes in Congress, such as Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA) who called polar bear protections, “excessive regulations” and from powerful oil and gas industry lobbyists.

“We welcome the administration’s decision.”Jack Gerard, President of the American Petroleum Institute.

Please take the Polar Bear Pledge today and make a holiday gift to defend polar bears in 2011.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, if current trends continue, approximately 2/3 of the world’s polar bears will be gone

Leaping for food

by 2050.  And, Secretary Salazar’s sympathies toward Big Oil and Dirty Coal are certainly setting us down that path.

Help save the polar bear and join the Endangered Species Coalition today.

Polar bears have enough threats from illegal hunting, toxic pollution and climate change. They don’t need an adversary in the Cabinet. Help us continue to pressure the Obama administration to become stewards of polar bears before it’s too late by making your holiday donation today.

Our friends at the Earth Friends Conservation Fund have given us a generous grant challenging us to raise $150,000 by the end of the year.  Your contribution will help us reach this goal and protect endangered species.

This is a great time to become a member of the Endangered Species Coalition and take advantage of this challenge grant and contribute to the Polar Bear Pledge.

Thank you for standing with us in our fight for wildlife and wild places.

Endangered Species Coalition and Nature’s Crusaders

Images courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders library


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