Let’s take polar bears off of the trading block
The planet’s remaining 20,000-25,000 polar bears are headed towards the precipice of extinction—one part at a time. While habitat loss due to climate change still remains the biggest threat to the survival of polar bears, more than ever before, its paws, teeth, skull and other body parts are in high demand on the international commercial trade marketplace.
And as with any marketplace economic model, wherever goes the demand, the supply will follow. Unfortunately in the case of polar bears, the supply is limited and disappearing.
The rising and unsustainable global hunting quotas and killing levels are likely motivated, in part, by the growing international demand for polar bear parts. From 2007 to 2012, there was a 375% increase in the number of polar bear skins offered at auction in
Taking a leadership role to mitigate the plight of the species, the United States, supported by the Russian Federation, has proposed to prohibiting the international commercial trade in polar bears under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), by uplisting the animals to Appendix I.
Now, the vote is almost on the table. It is up to the 176 countries that are Parties to the Convention (CoP) to ratify the
An uplisting of the polar bear to Appendix 1 will take the polar bear’s head, hide and body off of the trading block – relieving the most reversible threat to their survival.