Speech and Debate Camp
Have you ever heard the right to bear arms? Well, what about the right to arm bears? There are bearly any more bears left in North America. The most deadly bear in North America is the black bear, and do you know how many people this deadly has killed in the past 116 ½ years. Come on, make a guess. the black bear has only killed 61 people since the 1900s. And it was completely the humans fault. You may think bears are stupid dangerous animals, but they are actually smart animals with big loving hearts. Some bears are as smart as apes, and even 3 year old human beings. They can count, tell far away from close up, can tell big dots from little dots, and have amazing hunting instinct. Bears were proven to be smarter then we think by Jennifer Vonk of Oakland University, and Michael J Beran. a Geologist. There was a book written by Gordon R. Dickson about the cause to arm bears. This amazing book got three and a half stars out of five stars. This astonishingly good book is on goodreads. Do you want to hear a sad fact? I bet you do. Grizzlies are excessively over hunted by humans, and now there are less than 1,500 grizzlies left in the United States south of Canada. Now I am going to talk about polar bear population. These amazing white angles are disappearing quickly.
Several polar bear populations were decimated by unsustainable hunting by European, Russian and American hunters and trappers from the 1600s right through to the mid-1970's.
Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway and the former USSR signed the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears and their Habitat, strictly regulating commercial hunting.
The US Government classified the Polar Bear under its Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The polar bear was upgraded from Least Concern to Vulnerable By the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group.
Ministers and other leaders from the five polar bear range states met in Moscow for the first International Forum on Polar Bear Conservation. The leaders made significant commitments to address issues of polar bear habitat, research and trade. This event was supported by WWF.
Today, polar bears are among the few large carnivores that are still found in roughly their original habitat and range--and in some places, in roughly their natural numbers.
Although most of the world's 19 populations have returned to healthy numbers, there are differences between them. Some are stable, some seem to be increasing, and some are decreasing due to various pressures.
Status of the polar bear populations in 2014
Some populations are still hunted quite heavily, and their status is uncertain.
By 2040, scientists predict that only a fringe of ice will remain in Northeast Canada and Northern Greenland when all other large areas of summer ice are gone. This "Last Ice Area" is likely to become important for polar bears and other life that depends on ice.
According to a 2015 study, polar bears are already beginning to move towards the Last Ice Area in response to reduced ice in the southern part of Canada's Arctic archipelago.
A projection of sea ice in the archipelago, supported by WWF, shows that much of the region is facing significant ice loss in the coming decades - with potentially serious consequences for polar bears.
Global polar bear numbers are projected to decline by 30% by 2050.