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Polar Bear Trophy Hunting 2010

Tell your CITES Delegates of Canada, Russia, Norway, Japan, and the European Union to support the U.S. proposal to give Polar Bears Appendix l protection. End the trophy hunting of Polar Bears and the trade in their skins and parts.

Polar Bears are hunted down and killed every year to supply the international trade in polar bear skin rugs. This must end.

Once every three years, delegates from 175 countries meet to decide the fate of dozens of species of animals and plants that are traded internationally. On March 13-25, 2010, delegates will assemble in Doha, Qatar, for the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), where the fate of the Polar Bear will be decided, among African and Asian Elephants, Sharks, Tigers, the Bobcat, and other animals, birds, and reptiles.

At stake is nothing less than the continued existence of critically endangered species, as well as bringing an end to the international trade of threatened species at risk of becoming even more imperiled.

The United States has submitted an important proposal to the CITES delegates asking that Polar Bears be given CITES Appendix 1 protection, which means NO trade at all in Polar Bear parts. The Polar Bear is currently listed on Appendix II of the CITES, allowing for the hunting and trading of his parts. Canada is killing hundreds of Polar Bears and trading their skins on the international market AND the European Union is the largest importer with Japan the biggest buyer.

The Polar Bear faces many threats from human interest rooted in money and greed. If he does not drown while searching for food on melting thin ice, he is hunted down with dogs and carved up into trinkets.

Tell Canada — home to about half of the global population of polar bears — that they should support the U.S. in giving the Polar Bear Appendix 1 CITES protection, and end the trophy hunting of Polar Bears!

The Obama Administration Upheld the Ban on Threatened Polar Bear Trophy Imports to the U.S. on February 23, 2009. Too bad for the polar bear murderers of the Safari Club -- can't bring your prized Canadian killings into the U.S. to hang as wall ornaments.

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