Canadians support a ban on trade in polar bear skins — poll

The vast majority of Canadians support the international ban on trade in hides, skins and other parts of the polar bears, and do not approve of the Government of Canada plans to oppose the ban, according to a public opinion poll, conducted by Environics for professional bodies Humane Society International and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

The telephone survey was conducted from 2 to 11 January 2013, the sample size was 2007 adults (18 years and older), selected at random from across Canada. Polar bears are listed as threatened species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and in the Red Book of Russia. At present, the polar regions of the Northern Hemisphere live only about 21 thousand polar bears.

"The vast majority of Canadians support a ban international commercial trade in polar bear parts by moving the species in Annex I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Endangered (CITES). Canadians support the transfer of polar bears in a more rigorous application increased from 82% to 85% compared to the survey in 2010, "- said IFAW.

The survey results are published before the 16th Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP16), which will be held 3-14 March 2013 in Thailand, where delegates from Canada and other signatory countries will vote on the proposal to move the form in Annex I. The proposal was supported by the U.S. and Russia, which is also home to polar bears, explain in the fund.

"The Government of Canada is working to undermine international efforts to establish the maximum protection for the polar bear. Disapproval Canadians Government of Canada plans to oppose the proposal to transfer the species in Annex I has increased from 61% to 72%. International trade in polar bear parts of the body leads to death 441 animal in Canada each year, "- said IFAW.

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