Stop Killing Polar Bears so whomever can make a rug out of it.
Dirty tar sands oil is not Canada‘s only planet-killing export. The country is also allowing 600 polar bears to be killed and over half of them put on the international wildlife market as skins and rugs.
To keep the killing going and the money rolling in, Canada has refused to protect polar bears as “endangered” under its Endangered Species Act. And the money is very big: The price of polar bear rugs has nearly doubled since just last year, with some selling for as high as $22,000.
Canada is violating an international treaty with all other polar bear countries, including the United States. It is the only country in the world that allows the export of polar bear skins, rugs and heads.
Yesterday we scored a major victory when an international legal body ruled in favor of the Center’s complaint that Canada is violating its own Endangered Species Act by refusing to protect polar bears. The panel issued a formal recommendation that the international Commission for Environmental Cooperation open an investigation into Canada’s treatment of polar bears.
Now the clock is ticking, and we have to act swiftly. It is critical that we ensure the investigation proceeds without political intervention. Canada is already arguing that its polar bear killing is exempt from international law — and even more bizarrely, that its endangered species act protection process is not an environmental law.
Yesterday’s initial victory opens a huge opportunity in our campaign to stop the killing of hundreds of polar bears. Please help us redouble our effort at this crucial time by donating generously to our Emergency Polar Bear Protection Fund.
Separately, the Center is seeking international trade sanctions against Canada and a formal ruling that the mass killing violates the international polar bear treaty. We’re also pressing for a ban of international trade in polar bear rugs. We’re working on all fronts to stop the killing.
- Endangered Species: Are They Really? (madisonanglin.wordpress.com)
- Polar Bear Population Threatened by Climate Change (greenpacks.org)
- Polar bear poses for adorable picture – before trying to EAT the photographer (mirror.co.uk)
- Polar wear for Polar Bear (thomashoather.wordpress.com)
- Pittsburgh Zoo Officials Hoping Beagle Sniffs Out Polar Bear Pregnancy (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Climate Change Is Killing Polar Bears In The Canadian Tundra [PHOTOS] (businessinsider.com)
- NEWS: Arviat copes daily with polar bears on fall migration (nunatsiaqonline.ca)
- Orphaned polar bear gets new home in Assiniboine Park Zoo (metronews.ca)
- NC Zoo to get new polar bear after all (newsobserver.com)
- SeaWorld believes polar bear is pregnant (fox5sandiego.com)