Inuit live among polar bears. So it baffles me when well-meaning people who have never seen a polar bear outside a zoo or cruise ship or glass-walled buggy seek to impose rules to govern how Inuit interact with bears, to determine how we should engage in a cycle of life that has allowed both Inuit and polar bears to survive for thousands of years.
Terry Audla is the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is the national voice of 60,000 Canadian Inuit living in 53 Arctic communities. Founded in 1971, ITK represents the Inuit interests on a wide variety of environmental, social, cultural, and political issues and challenges facing Inuit at the national level.
I understand that PETA brings in about $30 million annually, the Humane Society of the U.S. collects more than $100 million and their executives make six-figure salaries. They and other groups like the International Fund for Animal Welfare are clamouring for this easy target. Who could blame them? After all, it is good money in a competitive charitable market.
04/28/2014 12:35 EDT
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