Target: Parliament of Canada
Goal: Outlaw the hunting of hybrid polar/grizzly bears
As animals adapt to the continuing effects of climate change, wildlife legislation must also be adjusted to protect evolving and emergent species. A new bear hybrid spotted in Canada reveals an environmental loophole that urgently needs to be closed. The new offspring of grizzly and polar bears–dubbed “pizzly bears”–may be extremely rare, but no legal protections exist to prohibit hunters from shooting them. Urge the Canadian government to protect this new hybrid species of bear.
Grizzly bear populations have been shifting north due to rising global temperatures at the same time that polar bears are being forced to abandon their melting sea ice habitat. The mingling of these two bears in northern Canada has led to unusual–yet viable–hybrid offspring. Because grizzly and polar bears share a common ancestor, pizzly bears aren’t sterile like many human-bred hybrids. According to early reports, pizzly bears can mate with polar bears and produce offspring.
Unfortunately, there are no protections in place to prevent the hunting of these new bears. Without restrictions on poaching, bear hunters may wipe out the pizzly bear before scientists have a chance to study the hybrid. With the future of the polar bear already in jeopardy, any strategy for the species’ survival needs to be examined thoroughly. The extreme hunting pressure that this new species faces is a threat to science–and to the bears themselves.
The pizzly bear shouldn’t be hunted to death before scientists can study the species. Urge Canada to close this legal loophole and protect this hybrid bear.
Dear Parliament of Canada,
A new kind of bear has been appearing in the Canadian wilds. This hybrid polar/grizzly bear emerges as both parent species struggle to survive amid warming global temperatures. While the result of an unfortunate global trend, the new bear nevertheless deserves the respect and protection of humans.
Currently, no laws prevent the hunting of this “pizzly” bear. Because it is not registered as an endangered species–or indeed as a species at all–bear hunters are free to shoot pizzly bears on sight. Any threat to this new and unique species will hinder scientific efforts to understand the bear, and may endanger the long-term survival of both polar and grizzly bears. I urge you to close this needless loophole and grant pizzly bears the same protection from hunters that both polar and grizzly bears enjoy.
[Your Name Here]
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