Majority Of Canadians Back Plan To Ban Trade In Polar Bears

Majority of Canadians back plan to ban trade in Polar Bears

A new poll shows that the vast majority of Canadians support the proposal to prohibit the international commercial trade of polar bear parts by uplisting the animals to Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

The poll results come in advance of the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) to CITES, 3-14 Mar. 2013, where delegates from Canada and other signatories will vote on the uplisting. The proposal has been made by the United States and is supported by Russia; both countries also have polar bear populations. The Canadian government opposes the proposal, and it has been working to undermine international efforts to garner the maximum protection for polar bears. Canadians’ disapproval of the Canadian government’s plan to oppose the uplisting has increased significantly from 61 percent to 72 percent.

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