Canada is home to an estimated 75 percent of the world's remaining polar bears, and I feel we must take greater responsibility for their protection. We have all heard about the dangers these bears face with the devastating impact on sea ice that climate change is causing in the Arctic, but with only 20-25,000 left in the wild, it is also critical that something be done to stop the compounding effect of the trophy hunts for polar bear skins, and the international trade in polar bear skins and parts.
Hundreds of polar bears are killed each year in Canada for the international commercial trade. All other countries with polar bear populations -- USA, Russia, Denmark (Greenland) and Norway -- have banned the international trade in their countries, rightly viewing this trade as a very significant threat to polar bears.
The best available science shows that two-thirds of the world's polar bears could be extinct by the year 2050 and, by the end of the century, only a small population in central Canada will be likely to survive. With polar bear trade profits increasing as more and more are killed each year, action must be taken before it is too late.
I am asking that you, and the Canadian government, support greater protection for Canada's polar bears. Please do everything in your power to protect this iconic species, before they are gone forever.
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