A report by The Daily Mirror claims that trophy hunters have slaughtered as many as 5,000 polar bears in Canada’s arctic circle in recent years. As if that notion isn’t sickening enough, polar bears, classified as a vulnerable species, are viewed as a prestige trophy among sport hunters.
One of the companies offering such trips is Worldwide Trophy Adventures. On their website, the company offers a 12-day expedition for a humble price of $44,000. There’s an additional cost of $1043.83 ($1,375.50 Canadian), for every ‘harvest’ made. The company promises an “experienced Inuit polar bear guide with a dog team throughout the duration of the hunt”. Additionally, there’s also a guaranteed “field preparation of the trophy”. It’s worth mentioning that polar bears aren’t the only species offered on the sickening menu on the company’s website. Worldwide Trophy Adventures’ catalog also offers its customers to ‘harvest’ lions, tigers, leopards, elephants, and many other majestic creatures.
The American company offers these hunting trips in Canada, following a US law that came into effect in 2008. The law bans the importation of polar bear trophies, but sadly, does not ban their hunting. As it stands now, the only country to fully ban the hunting of polar bears is Norway. Inuits are the only ones permitted to hunt Polar Bears for cultural and historical reasons. According to The Mirror, some of these Inuits take advantage of this fact, and sell their license to companies and private hunters.
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