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Articles about extinction

Wild animals are starving, and it's our fault, so should we feed them?

By Freya Mathews

As polar bears begin to die of starvation in a warming Arctic, should we be feeding them? What are the ethical implications of feeding wild animals brought to this point by human actions?

A polar bear found starved to death on an Arctic archipelago in August 2013 has prompted renewed calls for food drops and even feeding pens for polar bears.