Stop the Trophy Hunting of Polar Bears

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Originally Posted: 9 September 2009

Stop the Trophy Hunting of Polar Bears

From National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Tell the Obama Administration to end the trophy hunting of polar bears. Send your comment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supporting an urgent upgrade in international protection for the polar bear.

CONTACT

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And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Rosemarie Gnam
Chief, Div. of Scientific Authority
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of the Chief
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 110
Arlington, VA 22203
phone (703) 358-1708
fax (703) 358-2276
email

Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
email

INFORMATION

Polar bears are on the brink of extinction. They face the loss of two-thirds of their total population by 2050, including all of Alaska's polar bears, because of rising temperatures that are literally melting their habitat. If that was not bad enough, polar bears are being killed by big game hunters, and their body parts are being sold on the global market, with a flourishing international trade in polar bear skulls, teeth, claws and skins.

Last year, the U.S. recognized the threat by listing polar bears under the Endangered Species Act. Now it's time for the U.S. to continue to lead by supporting an upgrade in the international protection of polar bears under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Please act now to protect polar bears through CITES by proposing and ensuring the listing of polar bears as an Appendix I species. If polar bears are listed in CITES Appendix I, the 175 Parties to the Convention will be prohibited from importing polar bears or polar bear parts for commercial purposes and fewer animals will be killed for their teeth or claws.

This bold action by the U.S. could save hundreds or thousands of polar bears in the next ten years alone. Controlling the trophy hunting and trade in Canadian polar bears is especially important to the species. Canada contains especially important habitat for polar bears: not only do two-thirds of the world's polar bears live in Canada, but most climate change models predict that Canada will be the last place where the polar bear's sea ice habitat persists in a warming world.

With the stakes so high for polar bears -- facing extinction from global warming and the pollution of their habitat from oil exploration -- the U.S. and other nations must act now to stop the commercial trade of polar bears and their parts. Please act now to ensure that polar bears secure the kind of international protection under CITES that they need and deserve.


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