Vicious, Cute Ice Bears Saved By Bush Administration
Rejoice, polar bears! The United States Department of the Interior just announced that the number one source of cute white bears in the world -- arctic polar bears -- will be designated a threatened species because of the Global Warming, which the Republicans are going to fix because John McCain remembers how tough things were during the last Ice Age.
So, global warming, melting ice caps, today was the deadline to respond to some federal lawsuit, Dirk Kempthorne, yadda yadda, but what about the importation of parts of dead polar bears? They wouldn't fuck with that, would they?
Dale Hall, head of Fish and Wildlife Service, said listing the bear would put an end to the importation into the United States from Canada of polar bear parts by sport hunters. According to Interior Department records, since 1997, the U.S. government has issued 967 permits to hunters bringing in parts of dead polar bears from Canada.
But the Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits importation of depleted species, and the new listing puts the polar bear in that category.
Polar Bears Listed as 'Threatened' [SFGate]