In March, member nations will meet at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to discuss, among other topics, protections for polar bears. The global trade in polar bear pelts, claws, skulls, and other body parts must stop. Polar bears are in danger not just from this kind of global trafficking but also global climate change. There are an estimated 22,000 polar bears in 20 different populations worldwide.
Killing wildlife for sport is inherently cruel and uncivilized. Hunters who hunt for the thrill of the kill lose themselves in an ancient belief that humans rule over the animals. We do not. In reality, hunting disrupts migration and hibernation patterns. It decimates animal family units and degrades habitat. Trophy hunting, in particular, is an egregious form of killing as it involves going after big game and mounting all or part of the animal in a trophy or game room where the hunter’s weapons may also be on display.
Urge the prime minister of the United Kingdom to lead his country and the European Union toward a vote on strong protections for polar bears that will end the international trade in their body parts.
The Honorable David Cameron
10 Downing Street