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A Polar Bear Camps Out in London: Will Prime Minister Cameron Notice?

Andrew Wetzler

Posted January 14, 2013

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polar bear statue and Stanely Johnson (photo by Alexandra Kennaugh)Today in London's Sloane Square, a lovely life-sized statue of a polar bear by artist Adam Binder was unveiled by Stanley Johnson, the father of London's Mayor Boris Johnson, and an author and environmental campaigner.

The unveiling is part of a growing campaign to convince the United Kingdom to support ending the international market for polar bear parts at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).  The international body will vote on a proposal by the United States, which is supported by Russia, to end the interntational commercial trade in polar bears this March.

Canada, the only country that hunts and trades polar bear parts for profit is fighting the U.S. proposal fiercely.  And, it seems, the balance of power lies polar bear hides ready for sale (photograph by Paul Shoul)with the European Union.  A crucial vote in the EU, one which could help determine if the 27-nation block of votes supports or walks away from polar bears, is the United Kindgom.

Let's hope that the Binder's striking statute attracks some much-needed attention and sympathy for the "ice bear" and that the UK stands up for them when it counts.

If you want to tell Prime Minister Cameron to stand up for polar bears, you can do so here

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Comments

Pamela McCollJan 14 2013 06:58 PM

Not a good day to be a Canadian or a polar bear. What are people wanting these polar bear parts for - surely not to walk on. This is crazy and needs to end as of yesterday.

Martin HughJan 15 2013 09:55 AM

Looks bad to be Canadian. But realy, aren't they just catoring to tourists, mainly non-Canadians pay to fly into the remote parts of the world and hunt these majestic animals.

Making hunting illegal hasn't helped the African Elephant, for example, as poaching is just as rampant and extremely profitable as a result of increased legislation.

Stop people from buying these products; stop people who want to hunt large game for sport. Canadians are just pandering to these people, who are the real source of the problem. just my humble opinion.

Sharon DavisJan 16 2013 11:42 AM

Life is hard enough for these large animals without continuing to hunt them just for their fur.

In our so called enlighten Society we are shown to be more barbaric, because we have the years of research and understanding at what human actions do to the environment and the animals within it.

Tourisum should be encouraged to view the animal in their natural habitat, not hunting. If these people have that much money to dedicate to the killing of a species, then isn't it better to try and change an attitude rather than change and destroy potentially a species and not for the better.

Andrea FrancoJan 16 2013 02:44 PM

STOP KILLING POLAR BEARS

Gary SimpsonJan 16 2013 02:47 PM

Not sure our PM particularly cares for the plight of polar bears considering his government's response to supporting protection of the Arctic - hope I'm wrong!

EmilyJan 16 2013 02:49 PM

Canadians make money off of wealthy tourists who come to hunt. Greed and barbarism of humanity!

Leann ShermanJan 16 2013 02:56 PM

How could anyone harm - let alone kill - these majestic animals??

Mal GaffneyJan 16 2013 04:06 PM

Killing polar bears for any reason must count as a disgusting and barbarous act of murder.

Jennifer RowleyJan 16 2013 04:57 PM

Please help stop the trade in body parts and kill of all threatened species including the polar bear.

Veronica GoidanichJan 16 2013 05:47 PM

Let`s end this barbaric trade. It`s a gift to share this planet with amazing creatures like polar bears.

Constance BausJan 16 2013 05:53 PM

Greed has consistently been the motivation that caused damage to every part of this planet and it's living occupants. When everything that is worthwhile is gone and destroyed,, what good will the money be??? Stop the insanity while we have a chance to save this God given rock we live on.

Mary WitbooiJan 16 2013 07:17 PM

Please bring this horrible, insane trade to an end and protect these magnificent and beautiful animals. Save the polar bear!

Brad McDonoughJan 16 2013 07:19 PM

This is absolutely ridiculous. It takes a pretty low amount of emotional intelligence and a large amount of arrogance and greed to perform such an act for money. There should be severe consequences put in place for these horrific acts. It's disgusting.

Linda Olive KingJan 16 2013 08:18 PM

I agree w/Brad there should be severe consequences for these horrific acts!!!! The Polar Bear is a beautiful animal that should be treated w/dignity and respect. Just as we should treat all animals and humans. God created all creatures and I think he is extremely angry that some type of abuse is happening all over the world.

June WrightJan 16 2013 09:44 PM

So very sad. Wasting an amazing life for pochers.

Cheryl MurrayJan 16 2013 10:26 PM

There are NO excuses for slaughtering these magnificent animals. The time when this practice was about survival is long past. Now, it is just about greed. We all should be trying to help the polar bear survive, not killing off the ones that remain. Please................................

Marijke DijkstraJan 17 2013 07:53 AM

Het recht van leven telt ook voor de ijsbeer
Respect en waardigheid geef bescherming aan dit prachtige dier dat met uit sterven word bedreigd door de hebzucht van de mens.Blijf af van de noordpool en zijn bewoners.Het erfgoed van de aarde en generaties die naar ons komen.

gef ottoJan 17 2013 10:10 AM

This is a strange way of appreciating nature. They have to kill. Why? Cecil Rhodes was known as the Elephant slaughterer, and I still remember, when visiting England in 1955, in all those grand houses they had Elephant's feet as seats or small tables. I could not bare the sight of this! Same goes for Polarbears. Why do these people need trophees? Is it not enough to hunt with the camera and show pictures of these lovely animals, who will soon be extinct because of men?!

Dawn esteyJan 18 2013 10:35 AM

This, as so many other barbaric pratices are, are the worst form of human bullying. God did not create human beings with so called, higher intellects so they could bully ,exploit, hurt abuse and infict the worst kind of pain and cruelty on to other creatures. it All has to end !
There is going to be hell to pay.....

jim truthoutJan 21 2013 01:24 PM

[Comment Deleted] -- Sorry, Jim, I assume you were being sarcastic/funny but we generally try to avoid that sort of rhetoric here. I hope you keep reading. -- Andrew

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