Anti’s “CITE” Polar Bears And Disregard Science Based Management

Anti’s “CITE” Polar Bears And Disregard Science Based Management

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

Columbus, OH –-( Three anti-hunting groups are urging the United States to “lead the way” and basically end all hunting of polar bears due to fears over global warming. If the effort is successful a precedent will be established that can be used to ban the hunting of many different species around the world.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare, Humane Society International, and Defenders of Wildlife sent a joint press release suggesting that the U.S. submit a proposal banning all trade in polar bear trophies, hides, and rugs at the next meeting of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). That meeting is scheduled for March 13-15 and will take place in Doha, Qatar.

The CITES convention is an international agreement between participating governments and is designed to guarantee that any trade in wild animals does not threaten their survival. The Convention was drafted in the 1960s and became effective worldwide on July 1, 1975.

The proposal advocated by the anti’s would “uplist” the polar bears under CITES from where a limited and regulated international trade is allowed to where it is completely prohibited.

The anti’s argue that the trade should be banned due to projections that global warming will reduce arctic ice in the bears’ habitat. This is the same reason that the U.S. Department of Interior formally listed polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in May of 2008.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) has long opposed the ESA listing of polar bears for two reasons. First, and foremost, this is an abuse of the ESA as many populations of polar bears are actually thriving and increasing. Also the listing is being based on future forecasting of wildlife populations. Currently, there is no agreement on number projections among professional wildlife managers.

“The push by anti’s to “uplist” polar bears under CITES is an overreaction,” stated Bud Pidgeon, USSA president and CEO. “As with the ‘threatened’ designation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this move is a pre-emptive designation based on hypothetical assessments of the impact of global warming and would establish a precedent that anti’s can exploit with other species world wide.”

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Karen V. Stefanini

Thanks to precious polar bear cubs Knut, the lovely Flocke and Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care's darling orphaned black bear cub L'il Smokey, I have become an avid bear fan. These magnificent yet endearlingly charismatic creatures are as intelligent as the great apes according to current research and emotionally complex. I think hormone baited foods would help as a nonviolent form of birth control and spare them the suffering they endure when shot, especially if by a less than expert marksman. Plus often the cubs are left orphaned. This is tragic, especially, in Russia where the gorgeous Russian brown bears are… Read more »

Karen V. Stefanini

Hey, how about trying to use hormone harvests rather than kill hunt harvests? Plus, males of a certain mature age should be the first to go since they kill so many darling cubs. Then, in the case of forest dwelling grizzly and black bears, the hunters can arm themselves with seedlings instead of guns, and plant nourishing drought resistant berry, fruit and nut trees and bushes for the precious darlings to make their very tough life a bit easier. Hey, how about it?!


WTF are you talking about?