US and Russia in Showdown With Canada

About three-quarters of the world’ 20,000 to 25,000 remaining polar bears are in Canada.  Canada is the  only country that allows the export of polar bear products (bear skin rugs, fangs, and paws).   Canadian hunters kill about 600 polar bears a year.

The US is adamant the trade is unsustainable. “The best scientific evidence says two-thirds of the polar bear population will be gone by mid-century, so how can you have a sustainable commercial trade?” asked Dan Ashe, head of the US delegation to the 178-nation meeting of the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) being held in Thailand.

To read more about this volatile topic, visit this articles published in the Guardian:  US and Russia Unite in Bid to Strengthen Protection for Polar Bear:  Proposal to Ban International Commercial Trade in Polar Bear Products Sets Up Showdown with Canada Over Key Cites VoteCites stands for Convention on the Trade of Endangered Species.

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