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Petitioning Environment Minister Richard Benyon

Tell the Environment Minister: Be There for the Polar Bear


The fate of polar bears is under threat like never before as their habitat – the Arctic ice – is literally melting out from under them because of climate change. Yet unbelievably Canada – home to around two thirds of the world’s remaining polar bears, still allows them to be killed for the international commercial trade.

But the international community has a chance to make a difference. A proposal that would effectively ban the trade in polar bear products is on the table at this year’s meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in just a few weeks.

We need you to tell the government to support this proposal!

Join Brian Blessed, Mark Carwardine, Martin Clunes, Joseph Fiennes , Bear Grylls, Joanna Lumley and Chris Packham in HSI’s “I’m There for the Polar Bear!” campaign to let the government know they need to take action for polar bears before it’s too late.

We’ll hand deliver all the signatures we collect to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Show your support today! You’re in good company.

Letter to
Environment Minister Richard Benyon
Threatened polar bears need UK government support.

The survival of the iconic polar bear is threatened like never before from habitat loss through climate change, pollution and Arctic development.
Yet unbelievably Canada, home to around two thirds of the world’s remaining polar bears, still allows international commercial trade in the animals and their parts.

At the upcoming meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Thailand in March 2013, we have a vital opportunity to afford polar bears the protection they need.

We urge you to do everything you can to actively support this proposal at EU-level discussions and to encourage your EU counterparts to do likewise.
Whilst action we take now to tackle climate change may take years to benefit polar bears, ending the global trade will give them immediate and much-needed respite.

I join Humane Society International in saying: "I’m There for the Polar Bear." Minister, are you?