Climate change is destroying the polar bear's critical sea ice habitat at such a rate that its population is predicted to see a two-thirds decline by 2050. On top of that, polar bears are killed to supply the international commercial trade in their parts and products such as polar bear skin rugs.
International trade is a significant threat that is exacerbating the ongoing devastating impact of climate change. Prohibiting international trade is an effective and precautionary conservation measure that the global community can implement immediately, whereas reducing the impact of climate change will take many decades.
Despite announcing their positions on a number of species proposals under discussion in Doha, Australia is yet to decide whether to support the polar bear proposal or not. We therefore need your help urgently to encourage Peter Garrett, the Environment Minister to support this proposal.
Please therefore urgently write to the Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, asking him to support the U.S. proposal to transfer the polar bear to CITES Appendix I.
Please send us copies of any responses you receive.