Letter in Support of Banning the International Trade in Polar Bear Parts

June 12, 2012

NRDC and other conservation organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging it to propose a ban on the international trade in polar bear parts at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The letter argues that we must do everything we can to strengthen polar bear populations, like stopping the killing of polar bears for the international market, to give them a greater chance to survive their primary threat – climate change. Simply put, the world no longer has any polar bears to spare, and certainly not to end up as a rug in front of someone’s fireplace.