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Clutch Time for Polar Bears: Will the United States Step Up?

Andrew Wetzler

Posted October 1, 2012

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polar bear on ice (photo by rubyblossom via flickr)Things are moving fast in the fight to protect polar bears from the international commercial fur trade. 

Last Friday, in a major development, the Russian Federation officially confirmed that if the United States submits a proposal to increase polar bear protections under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Russia will support it.

You can see a copy of a letter to one of our partners in this fight, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, confirming the Russian position, below (translation at the bottom of this post).

Letter from Director of the Department of International Cooperation, Russian FederationThe lack of support from other polar bear “range states” (ie., states where polar bears live) has long been a barrier to achieving increased protections for polar bears.  This diplomatic breakthrough came after intense lobbying by NRDC and our coalition partners in both Russia and the United States.  But it will all be for naught if the Obama Administration does not officially submit a proposal to protect the bear at the next CITES meeting.

The deadline for submitting proposals is just days away—October 4th.

Please take few moments and ask the President to continue to show environmental leadership and protect the world’s polar bears from international trade. 



Addressed to M.N.Vorontsova

Director of the Representative office of IFAW in Russia

Ministry of Natural Resources had considered the letter sent by you on 09.29.2012 Registered 04/09/12, with regards of transfer of Polar Bears into CITES App.1 for confirmation of the position of the Russian Federation at the upcoming in 2013 Conference of the CITES parties and would like to inform you on the following: by conclusion of the interagencies consultations, in case the US will submit the Proposal of uplisting Polar Bear into CITES Appendix 1 for the consideration of the Conference of the parties to CITES, Russian Federation will support the proposal


N,R, Inamov

Director of the Department of International Cooperation

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Margareta TommosOct 1 2012 12:35 PM

The polar bears need all the help we can give them especially now that the Arctic Sea may be free of ice for parts of the summer. I think it is wonderful that Russia has stepped forward. Now it is our turn to step forward.

Thomas ReederOct 1 2012 12:36 PM the right thing now!!!

deborah LyonOct 1 2012 12:38 PM

Please help sae the polar bears

Rebecca PowersOct 1 2012 12:39 PM

If Russia can make an effort then there's no reason the U.S. can't. Please step up to the plate and do your share.

Mary HuseOct 1 2012 12:42 PM

I would think that large oil companies such as EXXON could and should provide floatation platforms for the survival of polar bears.

gary parisOct 1 2012 12:42 PM

save them

Vicki McAfeeOct 1 2012 12:43 PM

Make me proud United States of America - help save the polar bears!

Nancy StarkOct 1 2012 12:44 PM

Please help save our beautiful polar bears!

Poni ShannonOct 1 2012 01:01 PM

It's important that the US follow through and protect the polar bears.

Georgann MeadowsOct 1 2012 01:08 PM

Let's join forces on behalf of these magnificent creatures. We can agree on this effort!

Danny SenterOct 1 2012 01:14 PM

Save them!

Ellen ArgyrosOct 1 2012 01:19 PM

Let's do all we can to try to protect these majestic creatures.

Pasche Hirzel Marie-ChristineOct 1 2012 01:21 PM

If Russia can make an effort then there's no reason the U.S. can't. Please step up to the plate and do your share.

Lisa HendersonOct 1 2012 01:29 PM

With the ice melting, we must work to save these beautiful creatures. What happens when we take the beauty of the world away? There will be nothing to show us the way.

judy keathleyOct 1 2012 01:30 PM

please lets help these precious creatures.

Rosana Elisabete GuedesOct 1 2012 01:34 PM

Por favor no maltrate os inocentes,somos a voz deles!!

Kathy SchwagerOct 1 2012 01:52 PM

If even Russia can commit to this, America certainly should!

Sheila CatesOct 1 2012 02:06 PM

he polar bears need all the help we can give them especially now that the Arctic Sea may be free of ice for parts of the summer. I think it is wonderful that Russia has stepped forward. Now it is our turn to step forward.

Melanie BrownOct 1 2012 02:10 PM

Please help protect our precious wildlife

Suzanne LivingstonOct 1 2012 02:22 PM

Right of passage for Artic Wildlife!

Harry RohrOct 1 2012 02:30 PM

U.S.A. for environmental conservation!

Suzanne ScalaOct 1 2012 02:33 PM

May the U.S. and all the countries of the world protects all living beings.

Susan TaylorOct 1 2012 02:50 PM

The polar bears need all the help we can give them especially now that the Arctic Sea may be free of ice for parts of the summer. I think it is wonderful that Russia has stepped forward. Now it is our turn to step forward.

Jane Ellen HornerOct 1 2012 02:56 PM

Do the right thing, US of A. Back up the RUssian proposal with out own. The polar bears need all the help we can give them. ALL the help.

Patricia LamarreOct 1 2012 03:07 PM

Russia has agreed to protect polar bears. Our United States needs to follow and do the right thing too, We should be world leaders. Let's not fall behind on our responsibilities to our planet and it's future. As we each take care of our individual homes, we must stand together to protect the home we

Dana PareOct 1 2012 03:24 PM

US please do the right thing and save & protect the polar bears, all living beings and this planet!

Leslie ElliottOct 1 2012 03:50 PM

Are you kidding US? We have to ask you to help defend the artic and polar bears?! How sad is that!! Do the right thing and not just a political thing - Step it up!!!

Janet kirkhamOct 1 2012 03:58 PM

Put an end to Planet Animal Holocaust!!!

robert DeVriesOct 1 2012 04:11 PM

if you can save polar bears how are you going to save the Humans

Sherylee HarperOct 1 2012 05:03 PM

I am Canadian and I would like my Conservative government to also join in this for the protection of these great bears. The environmental destruction must stop for the future of us all.

Donna McRaeOct 1 2012 05:23 PM

It is sooooo important to support this!

nur of mariamOct 1 2012 05:47 PM

please~join to protect these amazing polar bears ~

Sandra EricsonOct 1 2012 05:56 PM

I became an American citizen three years ago as I believed in the integrity of the United States.. Please don't let me lose this belief, and protect the Polar Bears.. Thanks!!

Linda OwenOct 1 2012 06:34 PM

We have to protect these treasures.

sandra HouleOct 1 2012 06:40 PM

WE need to protect the Polar Bears and Stop Global Warming if it isn't too late. This is important to the human race as well as the beautiful animals that are being affected by it.

Michael CoteOct 1 2012 06:41 PM

Russia, chess masters.

David JonesOct 1 2012 06:53 PM

Let's do what's right!!!

J harrisOct 1 2012 07:01 PM

Do it

Sally WelterOct 1 2012 07:01 PM

We cannot let these beautiful creatures down, we must help to preserve them... Let's do the right thing and join Rusia in this quest. It is the moral thing to do.

Victoria vigarOct 1 2012 07:03 PM

America please lead the way in this proposal because the endangerment of such a large popular animal icon as the polar bear would be a tragedy, that would reverberate around the world.Do you really want that kind of negative attention?Do the right thing.

Jenna TaylorOct 1 2012 07:21 PM

Please, please, please take 2 min of your time to help these beautiful creatures. These animals need our voice to help protect them, since we have a voice we have an obligation to those in need who do not!!!!

Susan HarnischOct 1 2012 07:36 PM

We are all equal in the eyes of God. Let's help the wildlife stay onboard.

TASHA NOTTEROct 1 2012 07:39 PM

The polar bears need all the help we can give them especially now that the Arctic Sea may be free of ice for parts of the summer. I think it is wonderful that Russia has stepped forward. Now it is our turn to step forward.

Robyn MizrachiOct 1 2012 07:48 PM

PLEASE!!! Save the environment so that these magnificent animals mwill be gfree and live!!

Ted waffnerOct 1 2012 07:49 PM

We need to do what's right and save the polar bear!

CathyOct 1 2012 07:52 PM

Time to take action 4 years is more than enough

Gregory KendallOct 1 2012 07:55 PM

This species is a result of the evolution of bears from the previous iceage. If action is done to prevent this species extinction then thousands of years will have gone to waste for this magnificent animal. Do the planet a favour and protect one of the greatest carnivores this planet has ever seen.

Roberta JanssenOct 1 2012 07:55 PM

We DO need to do what is right and save the Polar Bear!! I pray the U.S. gets on board with this!

Betty KowallOct 1 2012 08:05 PM

Even though the UnitedStates was not the leader, they should follow the Russian example and fight to save the polar bears.

Michelle RoncalOct 1 2012 08:06 PM

It's time for us to step up and save these creatures!

June AhearnOct 1 2012 08:17 PM

Please save our precious Polar Bears!!!

gary martinOct 1 2012 08:39 PM

Global warming makes the lives of polar bears a daily struggle just to survive. please protect them and support them! thanks!

Carla YoungdaleOct 1 2012 08:44 PM

Please, let's all do our part to save our beautiful polar bears!!

Thom OrmsbyOct 1 2012 08:57 PM

Please do the right thing.

Janelle BartonOct 1 2012 09:21 PM

protect the polar bears!!!

Danielle DubowOct 1 2012 09:21 PM

Please please act to protect Polar Bears and their habitat.

Barbara GoodeOct 1 2012 09:23 PM

Please, please help protect these precious animals! They've done nothing wrong, and deserve to live out their lives as they've done for years. Do the right thing and make our voices heard.

alan gatesOct 1 2012 09:25 PM

polar bears and their habitat are endangered. please protect these magnificent animals.

Lea Anne JasperOct 1 2012 10:15 PM

I implore you to protect the polar bears...the world is watching.

Jennifer GrahamOct 1 2012 10:34 PM

Please take every positive step possible to protect our environment, the Arctic wilderness, and the magnificent polar bears.

marijane jansenOct 1 2012 11:31 PM

It is time for the USA to take a leading role in protecting the polar bears from harm and/or extinction. We ought to be ashamed that Russia has taken a step forward while we lag behind.

Ms. WilliamsOct 2 2012 12:24 AM

Please help to save these beautiful and majestic animals.

KILDA the KINGOct 2 2012 12:40 AM

Save polar bears!!!!! Say NO to nuclear power! Say YES to renewable energy!

Rich MintzOct 2 2012 01:02 AM


David KalinerOct 2 2012 03:43 AM

Please do the right thing and protect the polar bears. Thank you so much.

Sherry ThomasOct 2 2012 04:16 AM

U.S. Please do the right thing.

Melissa BuchananOct 2 2012 06:54 AM

Please save these magnificent animals. We can't let them become extinct. Act now to save them.

Jessica HallOct 2 2012 09:16 AM

Please support the conservation of the polar bears.

Abbie ReavesOct 2 2012 10:40 AM

Save the Polar Bears

Jeanine bogart Oct 2 2012 11:45 AM

Seriously, President Obama you are in an integral position to help save these amazing animals -- our polar bears!!! They must continue to roam the icy plains and snow banks... Please help.

May YoungOct 2 2012 11:59 AM

What the did the polar bears do to other than trying to survive?

Patricia QuinnOct 2 2012 12:26 PM

No time to waste....

James HrovatOct 2 2012 12:58 PM

Please help save the polar bears!

kathleen tormanOct 2 2012 01:10 PM

When I think of a mother bear drowning while trying to get food for her cubs because of the substantial loss of artic ice I'm angry and ashamed . Haven't we done enough damage due to greed ? Now It's time to step up and do.what's right ! SAVE THEM !

Mary Pat PalmerOct 3 2012 04:51 PM

Please please step up to the plate & protect these magnificent bears.

karolee bennettOct 4 2012 09:12 PM

The way mankind treats the creatures of this earth is how Mother Nature will ultimately treat us. These majestic animals must be saved.

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