Mar 18, 2010

You can still hunt polar bears and bluefin tuna per U.N.

Bans on hunting Atlantic bluefin tuna and polar bears were defeated by the U.N. Both were significant failures for environmentalists.

A U.S.-backed proposal to ban the international trade of polar bear skins, teeth and claws was defeated Thursday at a U.N. wildlife meeting over concerns it would hurt indigenous economies and arguments the practice didn't pose a significant threat to the animals.

The tuna defeat came hours after delegates rejected a U.S. proposal to ban the international sale of polar bear skins and parts, showing that economic interest at this meeting appeared to be trumping conservation. It also raised the prospect that a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) meeting that was packed with several dozen promising proposals could end next week in failure for environmentalists.

The Americans argued that the sale of polar bears skins is compounding the loss of the animals' sea ice habitat due to climate change.

But Canada, Greenland and several indigenous communities argued the trade had little impact on the white bears population and would adversely effect their economies.

The photo above shows a polar bear on “disappearing” arctic ice and is often used by climate alarmists. Only problem is the photo was not taken in the arctic but was taken near the west central coast of Hudson Bay in the summer.