Bear Witness, Do Not Take A Cruise



“We completely regret what happened,” a spokesman for the cruise company said, adding the bear was killed in self-defense.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is not the worst company in the world but it sure is trying hard.  And they are in a very dirty business. The lead photo in this story by Yonette Joseph is just too depressing to share here, so the map is shown instead. That photo requires viewing as an act of witness to the cruise industry’s lack of ethics, so read on and click through:

LONDON — A polar bear was shot and killed on Saturday after it attacked and injured a guard from a cruise ship that had stopped at an Arctic archipelago, the Norwegian authorities said.

The death of the bear at the hands of another cruise ship employee drew condemnation on social media, with some calling it “abhorrent” and others questioning killing the polar bear for “acting like a wild animal.”

Moritz Krause, a spokesman for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the German operator of the cruise expedition, said on Sunday by phone that “we completely regret what happened” to the bear but that the cruise ship employee had acted in self-defense.

The guard who was attacked, he said, had suffered head injuries but was now responsive and in “stable condition.”

In a statement, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said the ship, the Bremen, had landed on Spitsbergen, an island in the Svalbard archipelago, between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

The company described the island, part of Norway, as “a large geographical area, about one and a half times the size of Denmark. Landings are possible only in a few places.”

No tourists had disembarked, Mr. Krause said, but four armed guards got off the vessel to inspect and secure the shore. The guards “are armed for safety reasons,” he added. “There are polar bears out there.”…

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