Petition to Make Polar Bear Hunting Illegal in Canada

PETITION: Make Polar Bear Hunting Illegal in Canada

TARGET: Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau

The global population of polar bears is estimated between 20,000 and 22,000 which classifies them as 'threatened.' Although there is a small number of polar bears left, over 1,000 are hunted annually! This prevents the polar bear population from increasing to a healthier number. Canada is the only nation in the world that allows polar bear hunting by non-natives and non-citizens. The main problem with this is that 60% of polar bears reside in Canada. By allowing hunting by non-natives and non-citizens it creates a bloody business where trophy hunters sell hunting tours in Canada to kill polar bears. The hunt of one male polar bear is offered for $35,000 and there are people who really do book these tours to trophy hunt. There has also been an increase in polar bear skin sales. The Canadian government actually encourages the hunt and are paying hunters for Polar Bear hides. The government pre-pays hunters for the hides of bears shot and then sell the hides at auctions for up to $11,000. Tell the Canadian government to stop the legal slaughter of one of the highest endangered species in the world.

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Hunting of polar bears for their skins and trophies must be banned or the iconic Arctic species will die out, a conservationist has warned. Not only are the animals battling to survive the impact of climate change, which is melting the ice they need to hunt on, but trophy hunters and a soaring demand for their skins in China are speeding their extinction. Nearly 9,000 polar bears were killed by hunters in the Arctic between 2007 and 2016, the most recent figures available.More than 50,000 polar bears have been killed since 1960 – twice as many as today’s remaining population.The polar bear is one of the most exclusive species for trophy hunters to pursue. But it is the mammal species least suitable because of low cub survival, low reproduction rate, and climate change.Although a warmer climate may largely determine the future distribution of polar bears, the vast majority of population reductions over the past 30 years are attributable to unsustainable hunting.Polar bear trophy hunting started in Alaska, USA, and Svalbard, Norway, in the 1940s, with only a few killed.But the expeditions attracted wealthy clients, who fuelled an industry that soon used planes, helicopters and ships to pursue the bears.Russia banned polar bear hunting in 1957, followed by the USA in 1972 and Norway a year later.Canada’s Arctic region is now the only place in the world where hunting polar bears is still legal. Liodden says some Inuit leaders are against trophy hunting but that the Canadian government encourages them to act as guides for it.There are 20,000-25,000 polar bears left in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund. But that number could be cut by two thirds by mid-century if the Arctic continues to warm, and they are “vulnerable” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List.Trophy hunters kill the biggest animals, removing the genes needed to help it survive global warming.“It’s another reason why trophy hunting is a crime against nature.”
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