Polar Bear Import Ban Defeated In House

United States Sportsmens Alliance, Bear Hunting Magazine
06/27/2007

(Columbus)--The nation's sportsmen have stood up on behalf of polar bear conservation. Congressmen have refused to impose restrictions on big game hunters that would have crippled polar bear conservation.

On June 27, the U.S. House of Representatives defeated a last minute amendment to HR 2643, the House Interior Appropriations Bill, which would have banned the import of polar bear trophies. Voting 188 to 242, the House turned down anti-hunters' efforts to prohibit American big game hunters from pursuing healthy, sustainable polar bear populations in Canada.

"It appears U.S. representatives recognized that the effort to ban Americans from polar bear hunting is baseless from a conservation standpoint," said U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Senior Vice President Rick Story. "Science that shows polar bear populations are at historic highs and that there are no imminent threats to the healthy, huntable populations."

The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance worked along with the National Rifle Association and other sportsmen's groups to help defeat the amendment. The American Wildlife Conservation Partners sent a letter of opposition signed by many of its members to all congressional offices.

American sportsmen comprise approximately 90 percent of the foreign hunting clientele in Canada, annually pouring millions of dollars into polar bear conservation and management, not to mention the financial benefits to the local communities. American hunters are the primary source of essential funding for conservation and research that allows for continued success of the populations.

Language banning the hunt has already been included in the Senate Interior Appropriations Bill.

The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen's organization that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit the link on the left side of this web page.



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