Please take 5 minutes RIGHT NOW to help polar bears!
- Online version of this alert:
URGENT: Congress to Vote on Trophy Hunting of Polar Bears!
Polar bears face the threat of global warming and melting ice in the
Arctic, but shockingly, American trophy hunters still travel to
Canada to shoot these animals in a head-hunting exercise. This
Tuesday, the full U.S. House of Representatives may vote on an
amendment by Reps. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) to
prohibit the import of sport-hunted polar bear trophies into the
United States. A similar amendment was approved last week by a
Senate committee, and now it is critical that we focus on the
House. Tell your Representative to protect polar bears.
Historically, American residents have not been allowed to import
polar bear trophies under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In 1994,
however, Congress bowed to trophy hunting interests and created a
loophole that allows the importation of polar bear trophies from
Canada. Since then, more than 800 import permits have been issued.
The Inslee-LoBiondo Amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill
would stop funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue
permits for the importation of sport-hunted polar bear trophies.
This would discourage U.S. trophy hunters from killing polar bears
because they couldn't bring the heads and hides back across the
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative
today and urge a vote of YES on the Inslee-LoBiondo Amendment to the
Interior Appropriations bill to protect polar bears. Click here to
look up your U.S. Representative and the phone number:
Making a phone call is easy. A staff member will take your message
and pass it to your legislator. You can say:
"My name is [your name] and I'm calling from [your city and state]
to urge [your Representative's name] to vote YES on the Inslee-
LoBiondo Amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill to protect
polar bears. At a time when polar bears are threatened by global
warming and vanishing habitat, we should not allow American trophy
hunters to kill these creatures in Canada just to bring home their
heads and hides as trophies. Thank you."
After you make your call, send a follow-up email to your U.S.
Representative to reiterate your concern for polar bears.
Finally, please urge your friends and family to help the bears, too.
Thank you for taking action to protect polar bears, and for all you
do on behalf of animals.
Executive Vice President
The Humane Society of the United States
P.S. For more information about the plight of polar bears, please
watch our brief, two-minute video.
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