Target: Broadcasting Board of Governors
Goal: Do not deceive the public into thinking polar bears are successfully adapting to land.
Despite polar bears being in great danger because their habitat is quickly melting, the media wants people to think otherwise. If they continue to not accurately report the truth, people are likely to not care as much about saving the environment and these bears may soon be extinct.
Several media venues recently claimed that polar bears are adapting well to living on land. Such statements were made after the American Museum of Natural History presented results from a study that said the bears are now successfully hunting land animals. On the contrary, the U.S. Geological Survey has been quick to put the brakes on this new-found wishful thinking.
When polar bears are on land they compete with grizzly bears to find valuable food sources. Even worse, grizzly bears already have difficulty finding food, which will gradually turn into an even bigger problem when more competition is added to the equation. Scientists have concluded that there is only a very small percentage of polar bears finding their food on land. Polar bears need to consume higher amounts of fat than other mammals; therefore, not being able to eat things like blubber from seals adversely affects them. In fact, eating land-based foods will cause them to burn more calories, making it so they have to consume even more food in order to survive.
Sign this petition and demand that the media tell the truth about the polar bears’ current hardship, due to loss of habitat. Just because some people are eager to destroy the environment doesn’t mean the media should be so quick to justify their actions by irresponsibly stating things like polar bears will be just fine if we continue to do so.
Dear Board Members,
Because we are quickly destroying the polar bears’ habitat, their populations are rapidly declining. However, since misconstrued statements have been presented by the media, the general public is being reprogrammed into thinking that these animals are no longer in danger.
Although the American Museum of Natural History recently concluded things looked hopeful because polar bears are finding more food sources on land, there are many factors that must be considered before unequivocally claiming this is the case.
Polar bears have to compete with grizzly bears to find food that is already greatly scarce. Less than thirty bears out of populations consisting of approximately nine hundred to twelve hundred individuals are thought by scientists to be getting their food on land. Also, land food sources are higher in carbohydrates and protein than they are in fat. Therefore, eating land-based foods has an adverse affect on polar bears, since their body composition requires they consume more fat than any other mammal alive.
It is imperative that we do more studies on this matter before concluding polar bears will be okay if they are unable to hunt for valuable food sources in the water. Just because some people argue that resources must be extracted for the sake of humankind doesn’t mean we should be so quick to conclude polar bears will survive if we continue to practice such destruction.
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