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Iceland Police Kill Polar Bear After it Swims 200 Miles to Find Land


This is so sad.

A Polar Bear that swam 200 miles from either Greenland or a "distant chunk of Arctic ice" finally reached land in Iceland, where it was shot by a group of police, They said they were afraid it posed a threat to humans but couldn't wait 24 hours for a "correct tranquilizer" to be flown in.

Actually: "Sveinbjarnardottir's account was disputed by the chief vet in the town of Blönduó, Egill Steingrímsson, who said he had the drugs necessary to immobilise the bear in the boot of his car. 'If the narcotics gun would have been sent by plane, it would have arrived within an hour,' he said. 'They could keep tabs on the bear for that long.'"

And then the pigs posed smugly behind it like some kind of trophy — a starving, exhausted, (not to mention endangered) animal whose life had just ended by their rifles.


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  1. Jesus Andy, I really wish you hadn't posted that story. You just ruined my day. This kind of stuff upsets the sh*t out of me.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 5, 2008 10:59:30 AM

  2. Well, I guess Americans aren't the only ones with a "NRA mentality". Sad story.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 5, 2008 11:03:57 AM

  3. God, that IS sad. They had better use it to feed starving children or something now. Bastards!

    Posted by: JohnOB | Jun 5, 2008 11:12:16 AM

  4. Something should be done. This should be shared everywhere.

    Posted by: J.P. | Jun 5, 2008 11:13:50 AM

  5. We need to kill the polar bears in Greenland before they swim to Iceland to kill the children.

    Posted by: Critic | Jun 5, 2008 11:21:04 AM

  6. Bastards.

    Posted by: Kenny | Jun 5, 2008 11:21:59 AM

  7. I hate people.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 5, 2008 11:23:52 AM

  8. So sad. I can think of a few other words than "pigs" to describe a group of men that shoot a tired scared bear.

    Posted by: Dan | Jun 5, 2008 11:26:36 AM

  9. Well the solution is very simple. Drop them off 200 miles at sea and if they're able to make it back to land, we can shoot them.


    Posted by: M@ | Jun 5, 2008 11:29:33 AM

  10. ...probably thought it was a whale.
    What a bunch of cunts.

    Posted by: Nonplussed | Jun 5, 2008 11:36:31 AM

  11. yeah. i agree with kenny. i hate people. they suck.

    Posted by: chris | Jun 5, 2008 11:37:52 AM

  12. I'm absolutely horrified. What can we do against just blinded ignorance?

    Posted by: Jerry | Jun 5, 2008 11:39:54 AM

  13. Complete and utter assholes.

    Posted by: David D. | Jun 5, 2008 11:40:54 AM

  14. Gentle readers, the solution is indeed
    simple. Take their guns, dress an equivalent
    number of human friends of polar bears
    in polar bear costumes, and
    then have them use the guns to send the original perps to extinction. In fact the perps bodies should be unrecognizable after the justice is exacted. Then give the poor bear a peaceful final resting place and take the remains of the perps and feed them to the fishes.

    Posted by: EatTheRich | Jun 5, 2008 11:41:17 AM

  15. Holy crap. I can't bring myself to watch the vid. Iceland has always been a Utopia in my mind; apparently that is not the case. Reality sucks.

    People are so stupid.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 5, 2008 11:42:51 AM

  16. Humanity is a virus.

    Posted by: Zach | Jun 5, 2008 11:43:04 AM

  17. Any of you horrified posters who have a gigantic, fuel-inefficient car or enormous fucking house should go fuck yourselves. The rest of you - I agree. It sucks.

    Posted by: Yeek | Jun 5, 2008 11:43:34 AM

  18. Boycott Bjork!!!

    Posted by: Nonplussed | Jun 5, 2008 11:44:41 AM

  19. Andy,

    While this is a sad story, the correct classification of the Polar Bear is Vunerable. On May 14th 2008 the Department of the Interior listed it as a threatened species only under the Endangered Species Act.

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 5, 2008 11:55:43 AM

  20. I hate to admit this, but YEEK is right--this is a tragedy that was caused not solely be the numbnuts with the guns, but by everyone who contributes to the warming of the planet by driving fuel inefficient cars.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 5, 2008 12:05:29 PM

  21. Horrible time at least post a "to help polar bears click here" link so i dont have to spend my day feeling helpless.

    Posted by: Dan | Jun 5, 2008 12:11:11 PM

  22. There must be a website everyone can bombard with outraged e-mails. The Icelandic police? Government? The town council of Bunghole or whatever. Give me e-mail addresses please! Somebody must know.

    Posted by: Mark Swanson | Jun 5, 2008 12:11:30 PM

  23. We all know, as Bush and McCain believe, Global Warming is a myth. The polar caps aren't really melting, the oceans aren't rising.

    BTW, I think Lex Luthor had it right, the new oceanside property of the 21st Century will be Nevada! Let's just hope Superman doesn't show up and fly counterclockwise around the Earth and mess up what could be a great real estate prospect for the western Vegas suburbs to be the new Malibu.

    Go McCain!

    Posted by: noah | Jun 5, 2008 12:12:47 PM

  24. This makes me so sad and angry. That poor animal only wanted safety and in the end it was killed. Terrible.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jun 5, 2008 12:13:30 PM

  25. Actually, Matt, if you're going to be a stickler for terms, the correct classification of the polar bear is "threatened" ... which is not the same thing as "vulnerable." It's a step beyond.

    In any case, the polar bear is protected under the Endangered Species Act as you mentioned... so endangered is a fair term.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 5, 2008 12:19:01 PM

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