March 11, 2008, - 10:16 am

PETA & The Global Warming Crowd v. The Eskimos

By Debbie Schlussel
Well, it’s not just PETA a/k/a PUTAh (People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and humans). It’s the whole animal rights and global warming crowds in the U.S. and Canada. They’re all threatening the Eskimos of North America and their way of life, by trying to designate their food, clothing, etc.–polar bears–as an endangered species.
This is interesting to watch, since the animal rights crowd likes to think of itself and an ally of the “indigenous peoples” and a return to a “natural” life “of the earth.” In their zeal to protect animals, they’re actually opposing all of that. And it’s interesting to note that the polar bear population has actually increased exponentially, not decreased as all of the environmental horror films tell us. It’s also interesting because the story provides a nice contrast to the unrepresentative Eskimo mom whom Oprah presented to the world as a global warming zealot.:

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Alaskan Eskimos Need To Hunt Polar Bears to Survive

Eskimos in Alaska and Canada have joined to stop polar bears from being designated as an endangered species, saying the move threatens their culture and livelihoods by relying on sketchy science for animals that are thriving.
Although they say sea ice has melted, some Natives question the accuracy of the most dire predictions of a warming climate in the Northern Hemisphere, and members of the Inuit Circumpolar Council seek evidence that a change would seriously harm the bears.
Their stance has put them at loggerheads with a usual ally: environmentalists who say the bears need protection now to survive a warmer climate in the future.
“It would have a really big effect on us Inuit, because we go by dog team to traditionally hunt polar bears,” said Jamie Kablutsiak, who guides U.S. trophy hunters for big money onto the ice on Canada’s Hudson Bay. As for the bears, “I don’t think they’re decreasing because there’s usually lots, even in summer time,” he said.
A decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will come soon, spokesman Bruce Woods said.
The petition marks the first time a healthy species would be considered at risk under the Endangered Species Act and the first time global warming would be officially labeled a species’ main threat.
Polar bears have increased from a population of 5,000 in 1972 to between 20,000 and 25,000 today.
The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition in 2005 for endangered species protection based on projected habitat loss due to global warming.
The petition resulted in a 2007 report by the U.S. Geological Survey, which predicted a loss of two-thirds of the world’s polar bear population by 2050, based on a projected 42% summertime loss of “optimal polar bear habitat” such as shallow-water sea ice.
Some scientists, however, question predictions that sea ice will disappear, and even that polar bears would disappear if it did.
Richard Glenn, an Alaskan Inuit hunter and ice researcher, told U.S. senators in January that “marginal ice,” which freezes in winter and melts in summer, will grow as multiyear ice disappears.
“Even the Fish and Wildlife Service study acknowledges that ‚Ķ may be beneficial to ice seals and polar bears,” he said.
The aim of the environmentalists is to use the Endangered Species Act to force the U.S. government to take action on global warming, said Kassie Siegel, a lawyer for the Center for Biological Diversity. It would require federal agencies “to look at the cumulative effect of greenhouse gases on polar bears” and limit emissions by cars and power plants, Siegel said. . . .
To the Inuit, the polar bear has been a source of food, clothing and income for millennia, said Duane Smith, president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council in Canada, which represents Inuit across Canada.
The Inuit Circumpolar Council, which represents Native communities in Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Russia, wants Fish & Wildlife not to make a decision until Natives have a greater role, Chairwoman Patricia Cochran said. Any decision should be based on “sound science,” which includes traditional knowledge, Cochran said.
Big money is at stake. Sport hunters pay between $25,000 and $30,000 each to bag a polar bear. . . .
Willie Soon, an astrophysicist at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said far too few data were used to make predictions about both climate change and polar bear behavior and populations.
“We looked at historical studies. The first thing you notice is the whole climatic system undergoes huge fluctuation,” Soon said.

Over the possibly 200,000 years the polar bear has existed as a species, it has survived “very harsh conditions” of extreme cold, such as ice ages, and warmth, such as the last interglacial period, 100,000 to 110,000 years ago, Soon said.

What I would propose is that we force leading global warming and animal rights activists to live with the Inuit–and live the Inuit lifestyle–for a year without using any polar bear products or products paid for with profits from polar bear sales. After a year, see how many survive.

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15 Responses

My proposal and what I will insist of btw, is to place all the enviro-nazis in a pit that they were forced to dig with simple hand tools and then shoot them all. I really dislike Nazi sympathizing bastards that clam to be earth conscious. Force their family to pay for the ammunition

warpmine on March 11, 2008 at 11:24 am

I belong to PETA…People Eating Tasty Animals. Well, not during Lent though. I am a liberal, but over zealous PETA folks really freak me out. Cheers!!

Matt-Man on March 11, 2008 at 11:32 am

Yet ‘Phoota’ and their ilk say jack about China’s treatment of cats just to make their country look good for the media when the olympics start up….
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=528694&in_page_id=1811

Squirrel3D on March 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Debbie:
This Saturday, March 15th, is the the sixth annual International Eat A Tasty Animal for PETA Day, now known as EATAPETA Day.
http://www.yourish.com/category/eatapeta/

aunursa on March 11, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Cute kids! Hope they don’t get eaten by the polar bears immediately to their left!
The staggering hypocrisy of the “Whore” (Putah, as Debbie calls them) crowd trumpeting the “natural way” of life, all the while trying to force some of Obama’s “change” onto those life-styles (the animals being so much more important than, say, those cute Inuit kids) so that the poor, vicious, predatory polar bears don’t die out, just screams out at you. Looks like there’s precious little chance of the bears dying out any time soon, anyway!
Wish that all these hypocritical libs would just go away and leave the rest of us the Hell alone!

theendisnear on March 11, 2008 at 2:41 pm

it is well known, though not very publicized, that some of the foremost vicious killers of animals, are
‘other animals’
cute baby seals are killed by polar bears,
dolphins and seals kill the fish they eat,
the big cats kill deer,
wolves kill sheep,
etc.
now if PETA *REALLY* cares about these atrocities committed against the baby seals, sheep and deer,
they could undertake a new, bold, and useful project;
teaching carnivorous animals the joys of a vegan diet
they could make ‘seal-flavored’ tofu for polar bears,
lamb-flavored large mushrooms for tigers,
and healthy bran and soy breakfasts for other hungry animals, flavoring added as needed,
this may be somewhat challenging,
as the healthy survival instincts of the polar bears and other wild animals, may make them reluctant to try offerings from this new ‘menu’,
especially as there has been rather limited PC inroads made into our fellow four-footed wild carnivorous animal companion communities,
this highlights the overwhelming need for a bold innovative PETA agenda for the new Millenium
dealing with the global problems of:
“Why Johnny’s Leopard Companion won’t eat Tofu”
i’ll be following developments in this exciting new undertaking,
and will post back here with updates as soon as they become available
;-)

exdemexlib on March 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm

I never trust peta-the leader compared KFC tpo the holocauset. enough said.

mindy1 on March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm

36 years to increase a population 5-times is not an exponential growth for a species that achieves sexual maturity in 4-6 years. It’s a flat out geometric growth.

laneh on March 12, 2008 at 6:21 am

Debbie,
you should provide the source if you use facts in your writing. Also, your text appears to be biased since you don’t offer arguments of the second party.
Best Regards,
Mark

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