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

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  • December 15, 2012
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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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7:43AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

What happened?

6:05AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

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.

3:45PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

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7:38AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

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.

4:00AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

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

7:40PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

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.

3:45PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

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

7:18AM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Petition signed. Hope it works.

12:58AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

thanks

9:10PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Everyone, your comments are truly meaningful.....PLEASE TAKE ACTION.

SIGN THE LETTER (above in the article) TO UK, PRIME MINISTER CAMERON.....Let your VOICE be heard through correspondence. Thank You.

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