Court Upholds Ban on Importing Dead Polar Bears to U.S.

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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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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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