Condemn World Leaders for Rejecting Ban on Polar Bear Trading

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Target: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Goal: Condemn CITES members for rejecting the proposal to ban trading of polar bear parts

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) recently met in Bangkok, Thailand in order to discuss wildlife trading throughout the world. During the major conference, the proposal to ban the international trade of polar bear parts was introduced by the United States. Polar bears are currently considered to be a vulnerable species since their numbers are dwindling. However, some countries immediately rejected the proposal and any compromise—proposals to increase the status of the polar bears, which would have given them more protection. If more care is not given to the polar bears, their population may decline faster in the upcoming years and saving them then would be even harder. Condemn CITES for rejecting the proposal completely.

According to the World Wildlife Organization, there are 19 subpopulations of polar bears and eight of these units are declining. These eight units also have a high risk for decline in the future due to global warming and climate changes. The proposal to ban international trading of polar bears would have been a great stop in preventing the decline from speeding up. Instead, Canada, Greenland and Norway, countries with a high polar bear-related industry rejected the proposal immediately. These countries need to realize that profits are not worth risking an entire species’ livelihood. These nations showed no mercy when they also refused to compromise after the European Union suggested a supervised and regulated trading system, which would place quotas on the sales of the products.

Polar bears are currently on the U.S. endangered species list, and they need to be carefully watched on the global list. Any step toward increasing the protection of these animals would have help prevent future situations. However, CITES did not help a species in need when they should have pushed harder for at least some preventative measures. Condemn CITES for turning down the proposal to increase protection for polar bears.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species,

Members of CITES recently met in Bangkok, Thailand and failed to increase any protective regulations for the polar bears. Polar bears are currently listed as a vulnerable species, and their numbers might dwindle even faster in the future due to climate change. Global warming has left polar bears without any ice to live on, and they are dying from drowning. The proposal that would have ban the global trading of polar bear parts could have helped with this already declining number.

Canada, Norway and Greenland rejected the U.S. proposal and did not want to compromise with the European Union regarding polar trading. These countries all have polar bear populations and are profiting from this international market. However, it is time that these countries focus on the welfare of these animals. Animals are meant to roam free and not be hunted down for humans to make money off of.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. I a m disappointed with cites for their decision not to further protect the polar bears.

  2. sharon hesford says:

    shame on Canada,Greenland,Denmark and the world wildlife fund for supporting Canada. The EU should not vote as one block but as individual countries. If the polar bears become extinct the Inuit will have to find another source income.

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