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Support a Ban on the Commercial Trade of Polar Bear Parts

Support a Ban on the Commercial Trade of Polar Bear Parts

Between climate change, pollution, development and habitat loss, polar bears have a lot of problems to deal with. Yet, they remain vulnerable to being legally hunted for their pelts, paws and teeth, among other parts, despite their threatened status and questionable future.

The Obama Administration is currently considering whether or not to propose an international ban on the commercial trade of polar bear parts at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) next spring, which would mean moving polar bears from Appendix II to Appendix I of CITES.

“The scientific evidence is overwhelming that rising temperatures will cause two-thirds of the world’s polar bear populations, including all of Alaska’s polar bears, to go extinct by 2050. They are already drowning and starving as a result of melting sea ice. Their populations cannot afford to be hunted simply to meet the international demand for polar bear rugs,” according to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The U.S. sponsored a proposal at the last meeting of CITES in 2010, but didn’t get enough votes to move forward.


Please sign and share the NRDC’s petition asking the Obama administration to lead the way towards an international ban on the commercial trade in polar bear parts.

Please also sign the petition opposing passage of the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act, which will amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow the import of polar bear trophies from Canada into the U.S. whether or not they were legally killed, among other anti-wildlife provisions.

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12:28PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

signed and shared

4:01PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Our State Government has agreed to allow shooters to hunt 'feral' animals in National Parks. Perhaps when someone gets killed they'll realise the error of their ways.

10:57PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

Sadly, I was too late to sign, but support a ban with all my heat!

8:12AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Petition signed. Stop the mindless killing of polar bears now!

11:21AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Trophy hunters are mentally deranged and should have a bounty on them. I could use one of them as a rug in my garage.
Wirth, G

9:48AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Petizioni già firmate. Bisogna boicottare questi trofei di caccia.

7:15AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Trophy hunters to me are the lowest vermin on the face of the earth. How someone can kill a living, breathing animal already facing extinction to make a damned rug of it is beyond me. We have already pushed so many of Earth's animals into extinction it's almost beyond belief and yet we continue. What is wrong with us? Several breeds of Tigers - gone forever. We're working hard now on chimps, gorillas, rhinos, elephants, wolves, coyotes, polar bears, etc. I could go on and on but don't have the room. I was told once that life is a tragedy for the man who feels and a comedy for the man who thinks. So for me concerning the world's animals, life is a tragedy and sadly it doesn't have to be that way if we could take GREED out of the scenario. But I'm pretty sure there's a specially hot place in Hell for trophy takers.

5:59AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Our polar bears are struggling to survive as it is. To allow ANY kind of hunting of these important and glorious animals is a crime against the planet.

7:17PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

i loathe trophy hunters with every fiber of my being Those people have something mentally wrong

11:58AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

These are so beautiful, cute and funny animals...why would people want to kill them?
It's cruel, ignorant and heartless.
No animal should be trophy hunting, it's ridiculous.
People that think this is a sport are just plain idiots

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