Gallery: Trade in Polar Bear Parts to Continue Unabated Following Faile...

 

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The United States proposal to ban the sale of polar bear parts was struck down yesterday after a bitter fight at the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species conference in Thailand. The US representative argued that until we are able to get a handle on climate change, which threatens the 20,000 or so polar bears that still exist in the wild, hunting adds an “intolerable pressure” to the populations. But Canada, the sole exporter of polar bear skins, teeth and other parts, claims that there is insufficient scientific evidence that the animal is on the verge of extinction.

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