SCI Condemns U.S. Fish and Wildlife Decision to List Polar Bear as Threatened Under ESA

SCI Files Lawsuit to Reverse Ban on Polar Bear Imports

Washington, D.C. -- On May 23, 2008, Safari Club International (SCI) filed a federal lawsuit challenging the ban on the import of polar bear trophies from Canada. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) claims the import ban was required when the Service listed the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). SCI's lawsuit asks the Court to confirm the right under current law of U.S. hunters to import polar bear trophies into the United States under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Sustainable sport-hunting of polar bears and subsequent importation by U.S. citizens advances polar bear conservation and supports remote native communities in the Canadian arctic.

Dennis Anderson, President of SCI, said, "Fourteen years ago Congress determined that permitting the importation of sport-hunted polar bear trophies from Canada promoted conservation. Congress built safeguards into the Marine Mammal Protection Act to protect the species. For an import to be permitted, the animal must have been hunted from an approved population, meaning that the FWS has found that the hunting is sustainable.

This finding ensures sound management of polar bear populations. The FWS's recent listing of the species as threatened -- based on reports that attempt to predict speculative impacts 45 years from now -- should not be used to undermine Congress' plan to support polar bear conservation."

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