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Tell Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Protect Polar Bears

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Originally Posted: February 13, 2013

Tell Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Protect Polar Bears

FROM Endangered Species Coalition

ACTION

Tell Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to support the ban on international trade in polar bears and to protect them in Canada. The Canadian government has not only declined to protect polar bears, it has fought international protections.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6014/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12841

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
fax (613) 941-6900
pm@pm.gc.ca 

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

In 2008, the United States found that polar bears were declinging in such staggering numbers that they were added to the Endangered Species List. Climate change, habitat loss, diminishing food sources, and unsustainable hunting have all led the polar bear closer to extinction.

Now, Canada must act. By its own conservative estimates, more than a quarter of the 15,000 polar bears that live in Canada have a "high risk" of declining by 30 percent or more over the next three to four decades1. Yet, the Canadian government has not only declined to protect polar bears, it has fought international protections.

In March, participating nations will meet to discuss the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). At this meeting, Canada could take strong action by supporting greater protections for polar bears.

Tell Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to support the ban on international trade in polar bears and to protect them in Canada.

A recent poll2 found that an overwhelming 85 percent of Canadians support preventing the international trade in polar bears. Not only is this proposal supported within Canada, but it has broad and growing international support. The proposal to increase CITES protections for polar bears was made and is supported by the United States and Russia, two countries with similarly significant polar bear polulations. Still, the Canadian government is opposing the effort and attempting to maximize opposition.

Please ask Canadian Prime Minister Harper to join the United States and Russia in supporting polar bear protections.

The international trade in polar bear parts is second only to climate change in threatening the continues existence of healthy polar bear populations. Were Canada to support this CITES proposal it would have a real, demonstrable impact. On average, 441 bears are killed annually in Canada to support international trade. We can end this and begin to allow polar bears to recover. We need Canada's help.

Please urge Prime Minister Stephen Harper to support the SITES uplisting of polar bears.

Thank you for your continued efforts to protect endangered and threatened species.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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