Polar bears are in big trouble from accelerating Arctic warming and vanishing sea-ice habitat. Incredibly, driven by skyrocketing fur prices, trophy hunting is still allowed and it's taking a devastating toll. Polar bear sport-hunting and trophy trade are prohibited in the United States, but international trade in polar bear parts is alive and well.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now deciding whether it will move to protect polar bears under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The agency is currently "undecided" on its position for the upcoming CITES meeting.
Canada kills around 500 bears annually and leads the world in exporting rugs and hunting trophies. As polar bear numbers plummet under pressure from climate change, the Canadian territory of Nunavut quadrupled its hunting quota this season.
Tell FWS to take a stand against this excessive killing: Stop the international trade in polar bears parts and lead the world in protecting Arctic species.
Petition Target: : Rosemarie Gnam, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sponsored by: Center for Biological Diversity