OTTAWA – Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says she is confident that a new international review of Canada’s trade in polar bear parts will reaffirm this country’s conservation of the species.
The 180-country Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, agreed last week in Mexico to conduct a lengthy study into the global trade of the iconic Arctic bears.
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Known as a “significant trade review,” the study will look at the practices of all five polar bear range states — Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia — although Canada is the only one that permits commercial trade in polar bears.
“Canada has in place a strong management regime for the polar bear that is based on science and aboriginal traditional knowledge,” Aglukkaq said in an email response after being contacted about the review by The Canadian Press.
“We are confident that Canada’s position will be reaffirmed through this review process.”
A polar bear stands on a ice flow in Baffin Bay above the arctic circle as seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent.
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