Nearly 200,000 sign petition to bring 'sad' Argentine polar bear to Canada


spaminator
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Nearly 200,000 sign petition to bring 'sad' Argentine polar bear to Canada
QMI Agency
First posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 02:49 PM EDT | Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 03:10 PM EDT
Nearly 200,000 people have signed a Canadian woman's petition to get a polar bear dubbed "the world's saddest animal" moved from the scorching Argentina zoo, where he's been living for 20 years.
The petition, posted on change.org (external - login to view), calls on President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to help move Arturo to "a natural habitat and a better life" at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg.
Photos circulating the Internet show Arturo seemingly roasting on sun-baked rocks in his enclosure at Mendoza Zoo, where it's said temperatures can reach more than 38 C (100 F).
Activists have posted video showing the 29-year-old bear - who lives alone - pacing and showing other behaviours interpreted as depression.
Environment Canada classifies polar bears as a species "of special concern."
Assiniboine Park Zoo, which earlier this month opened its International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, has said in the past it would welcome Arturo but that the decision to move him rests with the Mendoza Zoo.

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Nuggler
#2
Poor fella. Really sad

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Sal
#3
jesus I can't even read it
 
gopher
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The zoo officials should be investigated for cruelty to animals. I cannot understand why conditions aren't improved so that he can feel more comfortable or why sanctions aren't imposed upon those officials.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by gopherView Post

The zoo officials should be investigated for cruelty to animals. I cannot understand why conditions aren't improved so that he can feel more comfortable or why sanctions aren't imposed upon those officials.

Cuz it is where it is, eh...........Like to "sanction" them with a baseball bat.
 
SLM
#6
Doesn't look like it's going to be happening.

'World's saddest' polar bear not healthy enough for transfer: conservancy (external - login to view)

They should be doing something for him, accepting whatever help is being offered, if they're going to keep him there. The status quo is just cruel.
 
petros
#7
Send him to Southern Argentina. It's cold down there.
 
B00Mer
#8
How, animal torture.. err abuse.

BTW, Argentina lost the world cup
 
MHz
#9
I hope releasing him into the wild isn't an option on the table? Not saying anyplace for this bear would solve the 'caged syndrome' but why not release some to Antarctica along with some members of their food chain. Penguins would become KFC to them in no time and migrating off the island won't happen.

Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

How, animal torture.. err abuse.

Zoos? I agree, however rather than close them down and not replace it with anything the 'zoos ' would be digital and the 'guests' would be from around the world via the 10,000 animals that are tagged with video/sound. Wire up Yellowstone (Jasper or Banff or 100 other places) and a certain wolf could gain a following via snapshots along their normal run.Operator control for the members that pay the full membership price. Polar Bear City would be in Manitoba so that is where you would get the database updated every year and tracking devices might allow cameras to automatically seek them out if they come into range. HD quality photos might be the part that draws in a large membership rather than taking some 4 legged critters. The more baby cams you could install the better as long as they survive. Keep the highest resolution for yourself and sell the ones just below that and give away the ones two steps below that. Toursim would take a backseat to members who come in and use their skills to add to the network and maintain the existing one as far as adding more cameras at the watering holes as that is where internet visitors go first as getting control of the camera is possible.
It should mean more areas of the park are hooked up to cameras and that offers viewers more sites to choose from if they are looking for wallpapers or such.

I wonder how that 'swim with the Orcas' VR module would catch on? (the smaller the pod the less expensive and the less horsepower needed to cruise with the actual pod, with an old fishing boat as the chase boat) Some I-Max quality footage of a towed camera in the middle of a pod would allow for a visual trip along a set path but it would be a HD 3D VR aquarium with a cup holder at each seat and a pause button. (unlike real life) Available on DVD so a trip to the zoo is as easy as going to the rec room.
 
lone wolf
#10
Polar bears live into their thirties in captivity. I wonder how a bear acclimated to Argentina would take to Winterpeg
 
bill barilko
#11
Argies themselves are a pretty sad bunch.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Polar bears live into their thirties in captivity. I wonder how a bear acclimated to Argentina would take to Winterpeg

He'd end up as "sacred " rug in Winnipeg.
 
BaalsTears
#13
Canadians have too much time on their hands. The funds would be better spent on low income Canadians.
 
spaminator
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Stop bothering 'sad' bear, Argentinean zoo official says
QMI Agency
First posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 09:59 AM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:11 AM EDT
A "sad" polar bear that lives at an Argentinean zoo is too old to move and won't be heading for Canada, an official there says.
The Mendoza Zoo's director Gustavo Pronotto told The Associated Press it wouldn't be safe to relocate the 28-year-old bear named Arturo.
"Arturo is close to his caretakers," Pronotto said. "We just want everyone to stop bothering the bear."
It's a decision Argentinean animal rights group EcoLogicos Unidos denounced on its Facebook page, saying the zoo had "condemned Arturo to die."
Photos circulating the Internet show Arturo seemingly roasting on sun-baked rocks in his enclosure at Mendoza Zoo, where it's said temperatures can reach more than 38 C.
Activists have also posted videos online showing Arturo who lives alone pacing and showing other behaviours interpreted as depression.
A Hamilton, Ont., woman launched a petition on change.org (external - login to view) that calls for the bear to be moved to Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo. The petition has nearly 600,000 signatures.
Assiniboine Park Zoo officials said they would welcome Arturo into the recently opened International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, but Mendoza Zoo officials have said the bear isn't healthy enough to move from South America.
Assiniboine officials said they have offered to visit the zoo, inspect Arturo's health and make recommendations to improve his care. Travel plans were made for the end of March but were cancelled at the request of Mendoza officials.
"Mendoza has not invited us to reschedule. This is a standing offer that has not changed," Assiniboine Park Zoo said in a statement.
Environment Canada classifies polar bears as a species "of special concern."
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spaminator
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