Target: Marcia Marsh, Chief Operating Officer of the World Wildlife Fund
Goal: To urge the World Wildlife Fund to support the proposed ban on the international trade of polar bear parts.
A proposed ban on the international trade of polar bear parts will soon be decided at a UN wildlife conservation meeting of the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Thailand. The proposed ban has caused a rift between wildlife campaigners with the Humane Society International supporting the ban and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) opposing the ban. The WWF believes that the global trade in polar bear parts is not a major threat to the species survival and that a greater threat that needs to be addressed is the issue of global warming. Sign this petition and urge the WWF to support the ban while continuing to campaign for change in international policy concerning global warming.
A ban on the trade of polar bear parts was previously defeated in 2010 though the United States and Russia heavily supported the ban. The 2010 ruling was defeated because the UK and the EU voted against the ban. Now the issue is up for debate again. The WWF does not support the ban because its members fear that if the ban is passed, the public will no longer consider polar bears to be in danger; the public will assume the situation to be fixed. The WWF states that the hunting and trade of polar bears is not a major threat to the species survival and considers discussion about a ban on trade to be a distraction from the immediate threat of global warming.
The Humane Society International also believes global warming to be the most immediate danger to polar bears; however, it states that increased hunting and trade of polar bear parts in addition to the issues associated with climate change have made the situation dire. The Humane Society International is backing the ban because it sees it as a first step towards polar bear preservation. For the WWF, which prides itself on being a leader in the field and an organization founded on the preservation of both species and habitats, not to support the ban for fear of distracting from the larger issue seems a shortsighted and all-or-nothing attempt at gaining public support for preservation.
Other groups who oppose the ban criticize the U.S. for using the threat of climate change to back the ban, but then not not doing enough to counter the climate change itself. This could very well be a true statement. But just because the hunting and trade of polar bear parts is not the most important issue facing the survival of the species does not make it unimportant. And the WWF should see this and quickly modify their stance and support the ban. Once the ban is in place, the WWF can continue to rally for progress behind the global perspective on climate change. Sign this petition and urge the WWF to support a ban on the trade of polar bear parts.
Dear Marcia Marsh,
The hunting and trade of polar bear parts may not be the most important threat to the species survival, but it still negatively affects the species and should not be taken lightly. We have a chance to pass legislation that would make it illegal to hunt and kill these majestic animals. How could you not support that?
The only way that the public will consider the threat to the polar bears survival resolved is if you stop campaigning for it. To refuse to accept qualifying action amid a fight against global warming seems obstinate and shortsighted when the ultimate goal is preservation of both the polar bear species and their habitat. In fact, by calling attention to the danger associated with the global trade of polar bear parts you could probably gain more support and utilize media attention in your fight against global warming.
Do not oppose the ban of polar bear parts. This could be a monumental moment in the survival of the species and you do not want to look back and wish you had acted on behalf of the animals rather than on a business practice of refusing to compromise.
[Your Name Here]
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