Activists pressure tactics to force Canada to list polar bears as ‘threatened’ have failed

Chukchi male 1240 lbs labeled Durner 2008Canadians, write to your MP. Other countries’ citizens, write to http://www.canada.travel/

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The Center for Biological Diversity has failed in its bid to use NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) to pressure Canada to list polar bears as a species ‘threatened’ with extinction — wrapping up a story I wrote about twice last year (here and here).

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The CBC reported on June 6, 2014(“NAFTA panel won’t review Canada’s polar bear policy“):

Vote rejects request for investigation into why Canada won’t designate bears threatened, endangered.”

“An international trade panel has decided not to review whether Canada is enforcing its own environmental legislation to protect its polar bear population.

The Commission for Environmental Co-operation voted 2-1 to reject a request for an investigation into why Canada has chosen not to designate the bears as threatened or endangered. A U.S. environmental group had filed a submission claiming that decision leaves the bears without protection, despite the…

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