Guides who shot a polar bear have been denounced as murderers. But what does that make the tourists who are ruining its fragile habitat?A special kind of shock comes with the shooting of a polar bear. Their magnificence, their appearance of cuddliness, their ferocity, their vulnerability, their anthropomorphism – all combine to make the death of a single male, at the hands of guides for a tourist cruise ship, worldwide news.The internet hummed with denunciation. It is hard to think of another creature, even one more endangered, whose loss would cause so much reaction. Continue reading…



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