Polar Bear SOS

October 2012

Obama Administration supports upgrade in polar bear protection

The Obama Administration announces that it will propose an upgrade in international protection for polar bears at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). If it passes, that increased protection under CITES will help end trophy hunting and stop the global trade in polar bear body parts. This breakthrough is a major victory for BioGems Defenders, more than 100,000 of whom wrote to the White House asking President Obama to stand up for polar bears, in the weeks leading up to the administration’s decision. In addition, NRDC helped secure the support of Russia—a key player in polar bear conservation— for the US proposal.