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February 27 is International Polar Bear Day. Canada is home to about two-thirds of the world's polar bears, and technically only Inuit people are permitted to hunt the bears, within sustainable limits. But Inuit people can and do sell their licenses to non-Native sport hunters, and many say they're so endangered that they cannot be sustainably hunted. Should polar bear hunts be banned?

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Polar bears have very low reproductive rates due to delayed maturation, small litter sizes, long mother-offspring bond, and variable but often high cub mortality. Their population growth rates are low and are already massively threatened by loss of habitat due to climate change. Conservationists say Inuit tradition must give way to the preservation of this magnificent and iconic species.

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Defenders of the practice argue Canadian polar bear hunting is part of indigenous peoples' life and sustenance, and it's being done sustainably.

The Native people of the north have long hunted polar bears. Polar bear hunting plays a central role in long-held traditions and also provides food and fiber for traditional lifestyles. Over most of the polar bear's range, polar bears are now mainly hunted by Native peoples, with takes governed by a quota system designed to keep the harvest within the bounds that populations can support. 
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Others say regardless of who's doing the hunting, polar bears are endangered and scientists say sustainable harvest is impossible. Plus, isn't the idea of respecting Inuit tradition invalidated by the fact that people are selling their licenses to (white) trophy hunters?

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But others defend polar bear hunting as an essential part of Inuit rights, and say that while polar bears do face threats, hunting is the least of their problems. Maybe white people should go attend to the global warming that is destroying their habitat before passing laws about what native populations can and can't do.

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Should hunting polar bears be banned?
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#BanPolarBearHunting
#LetNativePeopleHunt