Activists push for international ban on legal trade in polar bear items

US and Russian groups unite to lobby governments after concerns over rise in poaching and melting Arctic ice

Miriam Elder,, October 1, 2012

Environmental activists in the United States and Russia have come together to push for unprecedented protection for the polar bear, hoping to stave off the decline of its already dwindling population.

With Arctic Sea ice at record low because of climate change, polar bears have been deprived of a key habitat and feeding ground. Legal trade in polar bears, mainly in the form of trophy skins and furs, remains legal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), leading to the death of hundreds more each year. Continue lendo