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Environmental Groups to Defend Polar Bear Protections From Legal Challenge

WASHINGTON — The Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Greenpeace today filed court papers seeking to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Endangered Species Act listing for the polar bear. The lawsuit, filed last month by the Safari Club, a trophy hunting advocacy group, seeks to challenge protections granted to the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act listing decision that was issued on May 15, 2008.
In a separate filing, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Humane Society of the United States, and Defenders of Wildlife also sought participation in the lawsuit.
In 2005, The Center for Biological Diversity, NRDC, and Greenpeace petitioned to have the polar bear listed under the Endangered Species Act due to factors such as global warming and prevailed in a separate lawsuit in California that forced the Bush administration to issue the listing decision. In that case, which is ongoing, the groups are challenging the administration's attempt to reduce protections for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act through a special exemption that effectively waives consideration of the effect of greenhouse gases on the demise of polar bears.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit conservation organization with more than 40,000 members dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. www.biologicaldiversity.org

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organization with 2.7 million members worldwide that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions for the future. www.greenpeace.org

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