Vladimir Putin speaks out for the ‘vulnerable’ Polar Bear

April 29th, 2010 - 5:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Moscow, Apr 29 (ANI): Former Russian Premier Vladimir Putin revealed a rarely seen softer side when he expressed concern over the fate of the Arctic Polar Bear whose numbers have diminished significantly over the last few years.

The polar bear has been classified as ‘Vulnerable’ in the wildlife conservation chart.

Putin is known for his pronounced political views regarding foreign policy and tightening control over the Russian political system, but he has occasionally shown interest in wildlife and conservation.

His interest in the furry Tundra inhabitant is not isolated.

Last year, he condemned the hunting of baby whitecoat seals, saying it was a “bloody business”.

His press service and the Russian Geographical Society said that Putin went to the Arctic to visit Russia’s most northerly border post and take part in a Russian scientific expedition.

“The reduction in the surface of the ice sheet, the melting of the ice, all this adds to the complications in the conditions of life” of the polar bears, he was quoted by The Telegraph as saying. (ANI)

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