‘You know what makes me sick? “Human beings” who think they are so bloody damned important that the rest of the planet can go to hell.’
The story: Polar bears have been added to the endangered species list. A Tucson group was among three to petition the Interior Department to designate the bears as endangered.
Your take: “And they taste a little like chicken,” says Jim G., who, like much of the Citizen’s online community, isn’t getting too overheated about the plight of the bears. Scott F. is similarly blithe about the bears’ endangerment: “My bumper sticker? ‘Save the polar bears – feed them a diet of spotted owl and red squirrel.’ ”
One group that readers would like to see fall through the ice are “greenies,” as Chris C. calls them, who force the U.S. to “spend a buttload of money . . . on a made-up problem,” as 1broken 1 calls global warming.
A few readers were more ecologically minded, among them Jen C., who made the comment atop this column and who wishes humanity’s “parasites” would give back the natural resources “that you have destroyed or benefited from.” That’s unlikely, Steve D. says: “Those of you who are adamantly opposed to polar bear protection clearly don’t connect the economic value that protecting biodiversity brings.”
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Read what the Center for Biological Diversity has to say about the polar bear.