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BBC filmmaker faces polar bear fine. Jason Roberts, the man behind the popular BBC series “The Frozen Planet”, could be fined NOK 50k (about GBP 5.8k) for allegedly bothering polar bears on Svalbard, reports say. The possible financial penalty arises following Mr Roberts’ decision to lure the meat-eaters closer to the cameras for filming, with programme leader Gordon Buchanan inside. Environmental legislation on Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean is very strict. The Governor of Svalbard, the island’s law enforcement authority, maintains the producer’s actions “disturb the polar bears.”

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BBC filmmaker faces polar bear fine

Published on Sunday, 17th March, 2013 at 16:48 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland.
Last Updated on 17th March 2013 at 23:33.

Jason Roberts, the man behind the popular BBC series “The Frozen Planet”, could be fined NOK 50k (about GBP 5.8k) for allegedly bothering polar bears on Svalbard, reports say.

Polar bear standing on the rocks
Polar bear standing on the rocks
Photo: Kaefer Photo/Shutterstock Images


The possible financial penalty arises following Mr Roberts’ decision to lure the meat-eaters closer to the cameras for filming, with programme leader Gordon Buchanan inside.

Environmental legislation on Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean is very strict. The Governor of Svalbard, the island’s law enforcement authority, maintains the producer’s actions “disturb the polar bears.”

Mr Roberts, who says he has been working closely with polar bears of Svalbard for 22 years, told Aftenposten he finds "part of this law symbolic politics”, for his part. He refuses to pay the fine, alleging the cage does not contravene environmental legislation.

“I love them, [the polar bears], and have never bothered, disturbed, or harmed them,” he said. “The law states that we are required to take protective measures that do not harm polar bears. That’s why we used this cage. Polar bears are curious, and them walking 50 metres to investigate cannot possibly be regarded as bothering them.”

Jason Roberts has 14 days to reply to the Governor of Svalbard’s pre-fine warning, polar bears face the death penalty if they attack humans.




Published on Sunday, 17th March, 2013 at 16:48 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland.
Last updated on 17th March 2013 at 23:33.

This post has the following tags: svalbardpolarbears, bbc.





  
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