Court Upholds Ban on Importing Dead Polar Bears to U.S.
The Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals this week upheld a decision to ban imports of polar bears shot and killed in Canada. The ban was triggered after the Center for Biological Diversity and allies secured Endangered Species Act protection for polar bears in 2008.
Hunters and Safari Club International challenged the ban but lost in court on Tuesday.
Earlier this year the same court rejected an attempt by polar bear trophy hunters and the state of Alaska to completely strip polar bears of their federal protection.
“It’s great that these legal protections have been confirmed, and now it’s time to move forward with actually protecting the bear,” said Kassie Siegel, director of the Center’s Climate Law Institute. “In addition to rapid greenhouse pollution cuts, we need to stop the international trade in polar bear parts, curtail polar bear hunting, and protect the bear’s Arctic habitat from oil development.”
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