BBC News – Polar bear trade ban ‘too close to call’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21688444
6 March 2013 Last updated at 08:18 ET
By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News

Pelts and other body parts are exported from bears hunted in the Canadian Arctic
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An attempt to ban the international trade in polar bear parts has provoked a heated battle at the Cites conservation meeting in Bangkok.

Negotiators are split on the plan, with those in favour saying it is crucial for the survival of the species.

Canada’s Inuit say the trade should continue as it is critical to their economic survival.

And some campaign groups are also opposing it, saying the ban isn’t scientifically justified.

There are about 25,000 polar bears left in the world with an estimated 16,000 living in the Canadian Arctic. Canada is the only country that permits the export of polar bear parts….(read more).

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