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Polar Bears in the Crosshairs?

Polar Bears in the Crosshairs?

The Safari Club International wants to continue to gun down polar bears -- even as these iconic animals struggle to survive.

Please make an emergency contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more to support our court action to stop polar bear killing and save wildlife.

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Help us raise $42,000 by June 27th to fund court action and other efforts to save polar bears and other wildlife.

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Dear Wildlife Supporter,

Just days after polar bears gained new life-saving protections, the powerful Safari Club International sued the federal government.

The reason? To once again allow wealthy U.S. hunters to kill struggling polar bears in Canada -- and bring their carcasses back as trophies.

On Monday, Defenders went to court to stop them -- but we have a tough fight ahead.

Please contribute to our emergency court action to stop polar bear trophy hunting.

Polar bears are already on the fast track to extinction. Oil companies are poised to invade their key denning habitat. Rising temperatures are melting sea ice, leading to starvation. Yet the Safari Club wants to ensure that rich hunters can keep polar bears in their gun sights.

Years ago, the Safari Club successfully lobbied for the loophole that allowed trophy hunters to kill Canadian polar bears and return to the U.S. with their heads for wall trophies and fur for rugs.  

Thanks to your past support we helped close that deadly loophole when polar bears were listed as “threatened” on the Endangered Species Act.

But the Safari Club has deep pockets, lawyers and lobbyists.

Help us keep the ban on trophy hunting and give some protection to threatened polar bears.
 
As Defenders’ legal director, I know this is going to be a tough fight. Safari Club International isn’t just any special interest. It is a powerful international organization of wealthy trophy hunters that is fighting our conservation efforts on many fronts.

In Alaska, they’re helping to back a $600,000 campaign aimed at defeating a ballot measure to ban the state’s brutal program of aerial hunting of wolves and bears.  Meanwhile, they’ve also sent their attorneys to battle us in the Greater Yellowstone region, where we’re fighting desperately to save wolves.

We need your help to beat back their latest threat to polar bears. Please make an emergency contribution today.

Closing the deadly trophy hunting loophole was one of the few concrete new protections polar bears received as a “threatened” species just weeks ago. Now, the Safari Club wants to take that away. With your help, we won’t let them.

Bob Dreher, Vice President for Conservation LawSincerely,

Bob Dreher
Vice President for Conservation Law
Defenders of Wildlife



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P.P.S. Donate $50 or more and receive a polar bear plush as a symbol of your support for these struggling bears.


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