Stop the Polar Bear Rug Trade
Adding to the polar bear's bleak prospects under climate change, risky offshore drilling and toxic contamination, the international trade in endangered species parts is booming. The price for polar bear fur reached a record high this year as the bears' numbers shrink along with their sea-ice habitat.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering pushing for additional protections under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. At the last CITES negotiations, the Service led the charge to ban all commercial trade in polar bear parts, but Canada blocked the move. The agency is now "undecided" on its position for the upcoming round.
The United States granted the polar bear Endangered Species Act protections in 2008, but Canada refused to extend similar protections to its bears last year and remains the world leader in polar bear sport-hunting and commercial trade. The Center for Biological Diversity is pressing Canada to stop its egregious overharvest.
Please ask the Fish and Wildlife Service to take a stand for polar bears and champion these urgently needed trade restrictions.