Less Than 90 Days to Stop the Trade in Polar Bear Parts

by Frances Beinecke, President, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

In less than three months, 176 nations will meet at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to vote on whether to end the profit-driven trade in polar bear pelts, skulls, claws and other body parts. This crucial vote will determine whether polar bears get the life-saving protection they desperately need, or continue their slide further toward extinction.

Even though scientists estimate that two-thirds of the world’s polar bears may become extinct by 2050 due to climate change, they are still hunted as trophies. Every year, the Canadian government allows hundreds of polar bears to be killed and carved up for sale around the world.

President Obama has proposed a ban on the trade in polar bears, but another polar bear range state, Canada, is adamantly opposed to it. The United Kingdom and other key European nations are still on the fence about this proposal, so NRDC is taking the fight overseas and putting pressure on U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and other European leaders, whose votes could prove decisive.

More than 100,000 NRDC activists have already sent letters in support of a ban on the trade in polar bear parts. In the next few months leading up to the CITES treaty talks, our team will be working hard to counter the disinformation circulated by Canada and get the alarming facts about the polar bear trade to international delegates.

Take Action:  Send a message to U.K. Prime Minister Cameron, calling on him to rally the European Union against the deadly trafficking in polar bears.

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296 comments

Muff-Anne York-Haley
Muff-Anne York-Haleyabout a year ago

I wish somebody would sell Stephan Harper for parts!

Colleen W.
Colleen W.3 years ago

What happened?

Ian Morrison
Ian Morrison3 years ago

Just had a personal letter from my MP, Sir Menzies Campbell, ex leader of the Liberal Party, confirming that he will also be signing the e mail, and voting for the Early Day motion 825 when it comes before Parliament in March 2013. Also with the letter was a copy of the E Mail, which has been signed by a total of 71 other MPs of all parties. Heres hoping they will be able to have an effect on this ridiculous trade.

Neil B.
Neil B.3 years ago

Petition signed and shared on Facebook

Ian F.
Ian F.3 years ago

Having recently watched the TV programme "The Polar Bear family and me" made by Gordon Buchanan for the BBC, I have a great fear for these remarkable creatures. Their hunting habitat is shrinking year on year and it seems inevitable that sooner or later these bears, in the search of food, will start to come into conflict with humans. This will only end one way, and it wont be in favour of the bears that is why they need as much protection as we can give them.

mandy arthur
mandy arthur3 years ago

Signed! Hopefully Cameron will do something good for a change!

Natasha Salgado
Natasha salgado3 years ago

Signed,thanks. So sad to see mankind poaching these fabulous animals. I hope to hear more news on the results. Hope our signings can help.

Samanthi E.
S E.3 years ago

So easy to support a fab cause, what are u waiting for eh? SIGN IT !!!

Sheri D.
Sheri D.3 years ago

Petition signed. Hope it works.

Varapol Chen
Varapol Chen3 years ago

thanks