WHI's campaign programme includes increasing polar bear protection by applying a science-based approach via the ‘precautionary principle’, and support for an international commercial trade ban of all polar bears parts. As an important intermediate measure, we are also calling on each country to support a full moratorium on the international commercial trade of all polar bear parts and a full moratorium on all polar bear trophy hunting driving the commercial trade. WHI is working with other NGOs to influence Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and USA to support the process to designate polar bears taxa protected via CITES Appendix 1
Polar bears are increasingly threatened with climate change, toxic pollution, habitat encroachment and trophy hunting. There is insufficient credible updated data on the state of global polar bear populations to support any commercial trade in polar bear parts or the trophy hunting driving this commercial trade. Polar bears cannot afford continued political delays in place of the science that fully supports a moratorium on the international commercial trade in polar bear parts and all polar bear trophy hunting driving the trade
The CITES COP meeting (the only place possible for this decision to increase polar bear protection via Appendix I) is held only once every 3 years - and the next meeting will be held since Sptember 27 - October 3 2016. One key country – Canada - will not file a submission as trophy hunting is supported as a financial business by several levels of the Canadian government. Other countries which provide key habitat for polar bears - USA, Russia, Norway, and Denmark (via Greenland) can file (or support) a CITES submission to increase polar bear protection.
If you are an NGO that would like to support Appendix I CITES protection for the polar bear, and / or you also want to support a moritorium on all polar bear trophy hunting, please contact WHI Media Unit via [email protected]