A Canadian senator launched a campaign Thursday to change the country's national emblem from the beaver to the polar bear. Referring to the beaver as a "dentally defective rat," Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton said the animal should "step aside" in favor of a more majestic species. "The polar bear, with its strength, courage, resourcefulness and dignity is perfect for the part," Eaton said. Critics of Eaton's proposal point out that the Conservative party opposes initiatives that would offer further protections for polar bears, which are on the endangered species list.
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