Suffering a devastating defeat at the last CITES CoP to try to up-list the abundant Polar Bear, this year the Animal Rights Extremists will pursue and target other species.
Anti-Hunting Groups Strike Out with Polar Bear Science
Something big is missing from the CITES agenda at the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) this month in Johannesburg. In an early win for Safari Club and for the first time in years of debate, polar bears will not be discussed on the CITES floor.
Fighting anti-hunting groups on public perception of polar bear science has been a long battle. At the CoP16 in Bangkok three years ago, polar bears were the symbol of a so-called “imperiled” species. Anti-hunting groups dressed up in furry white costumes with life jackets and painted a doomsday picture of the last polar bear drifting away on a melting ice floe. Pushed by HSUS, among others, the United States proposed to uplist the polar bear from CITES Appendix II to Appendix I status.
Polar bears will not be discussed at CITES CoP17
But, the CITES…
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