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Fwd: A breakthrough for polar bears if we can mobilize today

From: user 5.
Sent on: Monday, October 1, 2012 3:52 PM

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Subject: A breakthrough for polar bears if we can mobilize today
Date: Mon, 1 Oct[masked]:45:42 -0500 (CDT)
From: NRDC - Frances Beinecke <[address removed]>
Reply-To: NRDC - Frances Beinecke <[address removed]>
Organization: NRDC
To: [address removed]

NRDC Polar Bear SOS!

I have big news in our campaign to end the commercial trade in polar bear parts --

Last Friday the Russian Federation sent a letter to the Obama Administration promising that Russia would support a resolution to ban the international polar bear fur trade if the U.S. government introduces it.

Now we must prevail on the Administration to seize this extraordinary opportunity -- and we must do it quickly. The deadline for our government to submit a resolution is this Thursday, October 4.

The White House needs to hear from you immediately.

Please send a message urging President Obama to lead the way globally by proposing a ban on the commercial trade in polar bear parts at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

This ban could help end one of the biggest threats to polar bear populations. Despite the growing threats of climate change, toxic pollution and oil development that jeopardize the very existence of polar bears, hunters continue to kill hundreds of them every year -- and are allowed to sell their body parts legally in the international market.

That madness must end -- for the sake of polar bear survival. But time runs out this Thursday.

Urge President Obama to champion global polar bear protection right now -- so that Russia and other nations will follow.

Thank you for answering the polar bear’s SOS.

Frances Beinecke
Natural Resources Defense Council



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