23 May '12, 2am

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 aff...

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