Russia officially support the idea of strengthening the protection of polar bears

Russia will support a U.S. proposal to transfer a Red polar bear in the first category of CITES (the international convention governing the rules of trade in rare species of animals and their products), which will maksimalnouzhestochit control smuggling skins of polar bears across the border, according to a letter to the Director of the International Cooperation Ministry of Natural Resources RF Nuretdinov Inamova, acquired, by RIA Novosti.

Currently in the world, according to experts, there are 21-25 thousand individuals polar bears in the next 40 years, scientists predict a decline in the number of polar bears two-thirds, and in 20 years, according to experts IFAW, some populations may disappear completely or merge with the other. One of the measures which, according to animal protection will keep the bears will be a complete ban on the trade of hides or other products of the bears. At the international level to establish such a ban is possible, by making a polar bear in the first category of CITES.

However, to make this decision one of the countries inhabited by Red Book predator must make a proposal. The American side, as explained by the RIA Novosti director of the Russian branch of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Maria Vorontsova, was willing to make a proposal to the Secretariat of the Convention, but only on condition that Russia also would vote "yes".

In February this year, IFAW has sent a request to the Ministry of Natural Resources requesting mark its position on the polar bear.

"Ministry of Natural Resources reviewed the proposal submitted by you (IFAW), concerning the transfer of polar bears in the Annex I of CITES for approval of the proposal of the Russian Federation at the upcoming 2013 Conference of the Parties to CITES, and tells you that the results of interagency coordination, in making the American side on Conference of the Parties to CITES to support the proposal, "- said in response environment ministry, signed by the Director of the International Cooperation Ministry of Natural Resources Nuritdinov Inamova.

According Vorontsova this answer MEP allows animal advocates to hope that the U.S. will send a request to CITES until October 4, when the deadline for submission of applications.

Further, as explained companion agency, the "bear" lobby is still five months to countries such as Canada, Norway and the European Union, which is home to polar bears, also joined to the idea of the United States and Russia.

"I think we will support Norway, which has been expressed neutral. Polar bears in the European Union live in Greenland, which is under the jurisdiction of Denmark. There may be difficulties, as the island will be a question of fishing conservation of indigenous peoples. Biggest problems arise with Canada, it is the largest market for hides, which has recently also growing. imperative that Russia supported the ban on trade "- added Vorontsov.

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