We've seen the heartbreaking images of polar bears struggling to survive as their habitat shrinks due to global climate change. But the bears also face additional pressures from trophy hunting, a practice that inflicts needless cruelty on this already imperiled species. Since 1994, more than 800 polar bears have been shot, stuffed, mounted, and imported into the United States by trophy hunters. You can help protect polar bears from cruel trophy hunts. Click on the link to sign a petition to congress.
Support the Polar Bear Protection Act
Polar bears face a growing list of threats in the Arctic, including melting ice and trophy hunting. In 1972, polar bears became a protected species when Congress passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which established restrictions on the importation of marine mammals and marine mammal products. In 1994, however, the importations of polar bear products were exempted from the original law, clearing the way for increased polar bear hunting in the Canadian Arctic.
While we must all work together to prevent climate change, only Congress controls the laws regarding the importation of polar bear products. With the passage of the Polar Bear Protection Act (H.R. 2327/S. 1406), we can halt the importation of polar bear heads and hides and protect these majestic creatures from American sport hunters hoping to mount a trophy on the wall.
Please call your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators and urge them to co-sponsor the Polar Bear Protection Act to protect the declining populations of polar bears from trophy hunting. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.