Cruise Line Under Fire For Killing Polar Bear After It Wounded Employee
By Tom Knighton
I love wildlife and, as a general rule, I support limitations on the killing of endangered animals. I don’t like the idea of any species going extinct, especially if we can prevent it. While I’m not someone who believes mankind is responsible for all of it, I do think we’ve played a role in some examples of species disappearing forever.
However, no matter what the animal is, if it hurts or threatens human life, I believe it needs to be put down forthwith.
Apparently, a German cruise line felt the same way.
A German cruise line is facing outrage after one of its employees shot and killed a wild polar bear in Norway after the animal attacked one of its employees.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said its ship was docked at Spitsbergen, the largest island on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, on Saturday when the bear attacked a guard hired to go on shore before passengers to ensure there aren’t any polar bears in the area.
The guard suffered non-life-threatening head injuries and was airlifted out, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said in a statement on Facebook.
“The incident occurred when the four-person polar bear guard team, who are always on board for these expedition cruises as required by law, …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms