Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Polar Bears Are Not Trophies

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Aug 27, 2007 3:34 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Polar Bears Are Not Trophies

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8/27/07: Polar Bears Are Not Trophies
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Rebecca Young, Care2 Action Alerts, actionalerts [at] care2.com
Contact Information Source: http://www.fws.gov/offices/Directory/wo.html

PETITION: Stop Polar Bear Trophy Hunting!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/432024587?z00m=9457540

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HSUS, IFAW, SAPL: Congress to Vote on Trophy Hunting of Polar Bears TOMORROW!

Monday, June 25th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/28/07, via the HSUS:

I am sorry to report that the Inslee-LoBiondo amendment failed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 188-242 late yesterday. This amendment sought to halt funding for one year for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue permits for the importation of sport-hunted polar bear trophies. Too many lawmakers caved in to the NRA and Safari Club International, and that provided the margin of defeat.

Click here to see how your Representative, voted: https://community.hsus.org/ct/V1S7Mss1RXhl/

If the vote was “AYE” please make a short polite phone call to (202) 225-2865 to say thanks. If the vote was “NO,” let your Representative know you are disappointed.

Thank you for your efforts to protect polar bears from trophy hunting. We have had some victories and some setbacks on this issue. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a funding cut for polar bear trophy imports. We will continue to press forward to include this funding cut in the final Interior Appropriations bill, and to pass the Polar Bear Protection Act, which will permanently ban polar bear trophy imports. Click here to urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor this important animal protection legislation: https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2007_polar_bear_trophy2/

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Currently I have three emails in my inbox pertaining to tomorrow’s vote on the loophole that allows for the importation of polar bear trophies from Canada into the US. I’ll post all of them below, and update this post as needed with any new developments/alerts.

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Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Uncertain Fate For Polar Bears

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

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6/1/07: Uncertain Fate For Polar Bears
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Support the Polar Bear Protection Act
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2007_polar_bear_trophy/
Humane Society of the United States, humanesociety [at] hsus.org

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Defenders of Wildlife: Help Close a Deadly Loophole for Polar Bears

Friday, May 18th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/14/07:

See also: Protect Polar Bears From Trophy Hunters, from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, for a similar alert and sample letter.

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Via Defenders of Wildlife:

Help Close a Deadly Loophole for Polar Bears

Even as global warming and Big Oil’s drills threaten North American polar bears, a loophole in the Marine Mammal Protection Act allows U.S. trophy hunters to kill Canadian polar bears and bring them back to this country. This adds additional pressure to Canada’s vanishing polar bear populations, which — like those in the U.S. — are already declining.

The Polar Bear Protection Act would put an end to imports of polar bears taken as trophies from Canada — and help safeguard the world’s remaining polar bears.

Tell your Senators & Representative to support the Polar Bear Protection Act today!

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IFAW: Two new ways to help polar bears

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Two new ways to help polar bears

Numerous studies have shown the effects of warming temperatures on declining polar bear populations and ice habitats — from drowning and starvation to reports of cannibalism among bears. But did you know these amazing animals are also facing threats from American trophy hunters?

Here’s how you can help.

Sport hunters are not allowed to kill polar bears in the US. But thanks to a loophole in US law they can apply for a permit to kill a polar bear in Canada and bring their “trophy”— a polar bear’s head or hide — into the US.

At the same time, the US government is beginning to recognize the plight of the bears and their possible fate due to climate change. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is now calling for the public to submit comments on whether or not the polar bear should be listed as threatened on the endangered species list. If polar bears are listed, the species will be protected and “managed” for recovery, an excellent first step toward long term survival for the bears.

However, even if polar bears are listed on the endangered species list, it does not mean that the trophy hunting loophole will be closed. In fact, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has stated on its website that even if the species is listed as threatened, the Service would work with the Marine Mammal Commission, Congress, and all interested parties to consider a special rule allowing the continued import of trophies from healthy bear populations!

Your Help Is Needed Now to Save The Polar Bears — Here Is What You Can Do:

1. Contact your Representative and Senators and urge them to cosponsor and strongly support The Polar Bear Protection Act. Ask them to close the loophole that allows sport hunters to kill polar bears in Canada and bring their “trophies” back into the US.

2. Write to the Fish and Wildlife Service of the Interior Department (at Polar_Bear_Finding [at] fws.gov) before April 9th and urge them to list polar bears as a threatened species. Let them know these species deserve a break from climate change as well as trophy hunters.

Then please pass this alert on to everyone you know and urge them to save the polar bears before it’s too late.

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The Sierra Club: Help Save the Polar Bear

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Via The Sierra Club:

Help Save the Polar Bear

The Bush administration may not have seen the light — but they have seen the heat from global warming. Earlier this year, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced the Bush Administration’s intention to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act, citing global warming and the significant loss of sea ice the bears need for hunting as the principal reason. The Sierra Club supports all efforts to protect the polar bear — including this listing effort, even though designation as an endangered species without bold, comprehensive action on global warming will not be enough to save the animal.

Until our nation decreases its reliance on the polluting energy sources that cause global warming, the polar ice caps will continue to melt away. Some analysts believe the arctic icecap could totally disappear by the year 2050, which would be a catastrophe for polar bears and us.

Let Secretary Kempthorne know today that you support saving the polar bear through a combination of federal protection and responsible energy policy.

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ED: Help Get Polar Bears on the Endangered Species List

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Via Environmental Defense:

Help Get Polar Bears on the Endangered Species List

Polar bears are at risk and global warming is to blame. As warmer temperatures cause sea ice to melt, the bears are unable to hunt and make it safely back to shore.

Send an email to the Fish and Wildlife Service to support their efforts to save polar bears and their habitat.

Learn more about our endangered species recovery efforts.

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Defenders of Wildlife: Bears on the Brink

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Via Defenders of Wildlife:

Bears on the Brink — You Can Help!

America’s polar bears are in trouble. Increased temperatures are depriving them of needed food and habitat, causing birth and survival rates to plummet. Climate change, combined with ongoing polluton risks and the threat of harmful oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, could spell disaster for these beloved creatures.

Help save America’s polar bears. Fill out the form below to tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that you support their proposal for increased polar bear protections.

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Center for Biological Diversity: Support for polar bear protections builds in Congress

Friday, June 16th, 2006

From the Center for Biological Diversity:

Support for polar bear protections builds in Congress

On June 14, 36 U.S. representatives sent a letter urging the Fish and Wildlife Service to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The best available science shows that the polar bear may go extinct in the next century as global warming melts its sea-ice habitat, and listing the bear will provide important protections to ensure this is not its fate.

Please take a moment to call or write a short note thanking Congressman Inslee for his leadership on the congressional letter in support of protecting the polar bear. With so many politicians willing to sell out the environment in favor of the industries that finance them, it is important that we show our appreciation of those representatives who stand up for America’s endangered wildlife and ecosystems. Even a single sentence thanking Congressman Inslee for his efforts for the polar bear would let him know you noticed and appreciate it.

Go show the man some love.

NRDC – Your immediate action needed to save the polar bear!

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

The NRDC would like you to “Tell the Bush administration to protect polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.”

Perfectly at home in one of the world’s most forbidding environments, polar bears spend their summers roaming the Arctic on large chunks of floating ice. They drift for hundreds of miles, finding mates, hunting for seals and fattening themselves up for the winter. Without these thick rafts of sea ice, the world’s largest bear could not survive. Yet at this moment, the polar bear’s Arctic habitat is literally melting away beneath it due to global warming.

Over the past three decades, more than a million square miles of sea ice — an area the size of Norway, Denmark and Sweden combined — has disappeared. Scientists predict that, if the current rate of global warming continues, most, if not all, of the bears’ summer sea ice will be gone by 2100. As a result, the world’s polar bears could face global extinction by the end of this century. […]

To ensure a future for the polar bear, NRDC joined other groups last year in a lawsuit to compel the Bush administration to protect the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In response, the administration has agreed to open a formal review process, and is now considering whether to propose federal protections for the bear. Once these crucial safeguards are in place, the administration will be required by law to ensure that any new policy or action does not jeopardize the survival of polar bears or harm their critical habitat.

BioGems Defenders are urging the Bush administration to propose federal protections for the polar bear and are working to safeguard key polar bear habitat in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Western Arctic Reserve.

Click here to take action, or go to the NRDC web site to learn more.