UK supports sustainable trade in ‘endangered’ Polar Bear parts

No, really.

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), believes that the Polar Bear is ‘vulnerable’ therefore at a high risk of extinction in the wild. Apparently it’s climate change and big oil to blame in case you were wondering. Although populations are reported to be growing or stable in many areas various agencies are convinced climate change could impact their numbers in the future.

Despite this we learn that DEFRA works through the UK’s membership of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to ensure that the international trade in polar bears or their parts is sustainable and does not further threaten the species’ survival in the wild. This inexplicable contradiction was revealed in a written answer to a question in Parliament shown below.

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So this is how animals we are told are at a high risk of extinction are protected?  Is it only the idiots in government circles who fail to see the irony of their contradictions and flatulent opinions?

10 Responses to “UK supports sustainable trade in ‘endangered’ Polar Bear parts”


  1. 1 WitteringWitney 05/03/2011 at 10:57 pm

    What can one say AM? The ‘poilicy’ is beyond my comprehension, but then neither you or I are politicians!

  2. 2 john in cheshire 05/03/2011 at 11:00 pm

    Why is it acceptable to kill any wildlife, unless it is a threat to ourselves? Foxes in rural areas – I can accept; the hunting ban was just an act of socialist nastiness. But Polar Bears – for goodness sake. Let the people who live with, near, among them, make a decision about them. What do I know about their livelihood, threats and fears. What is it about International organisations that they think they know better than ordinary people. Why can’t they just keep their stupid, bigotted noses out of things?

  3. 3 Grumpy Old Man 06/03/2011 at 7:06 am

    This policy of looking both ways at the same time is not new. It is the policy that has been in force over the trade in whale meat. Walea are in danger of extinction so we’ll aquiess to killing for research purposes, and Japan get whale meat for lunch. there is absolutely no point in having a policy that cannot be enforced and will merely upset trading partners and inward investors.

  4. 4 Lynne 06/03/2011 at 7:30 am

    WTF are DEFRA doing sticking their beaks into the polar bears anyone who can count above ten now accepts are not endangered no matter how many you can fit on a microberg for a photo op? Isn’t DEFRA’s mandate supposed to be focused on the EU officiated destruction the UK’s agricultural industry, a job they perform with excessive zeal? I mean, I live in a rural community and the only polar bears we have in these parts tend to sit on mints. Mind you, there were that blood-soaked white and fluffy roadkill a little while back that looked suspiciously too large to be a sheep…

  5. 5 Climate Change Con....... 06/03/2011 at 9:44 am

    “Canada’s growing polar bear population ‘becoming a problem,’ locals say (January 8th, 2010).”

    http://www.examiner.com/seminole-county-environmental-news-in-orlando/canada-s-growing-polar-bear-population-becoming-a-problem-locals-say#ixzz1DSxcHqcF

    “Federal Polar Bear Research Critically Flawed, Forecasting Expert Asserts”

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080508132549.htm

    “Professor J. Scott Armstrong of the Wharton School says, “To list a species that is currently in good health as an endangered species requires valid forecasts that its population would decline to levels that threaten its viability. In fact, the polar bear populations have been increasing rapidly in recent decades due to hunting restrictions. Assuming these restrictions remain, the most appropriate forecast is to assume that the upward trend would continue for a few years, then level off.”

  6. 6 Climate Change Con....... 06/03/2011 at 9:47 am

    “Polar bears ‘thriving as the Arctic warms up'”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1545036/Polar-bears-thriving-as-the-Arctic-warms-up.html

    In the Davis Strait area, a 140,000-square kilometre region, the polar bear population has grown from 850 in the mid-1980s to 2,100 today.

    “There aren’t just a few more bears. There are a hell of a lot more bears,” said Mitch Taylor, a polar bear biologist who has spent 20 years studying the animals

  7. 7 Climate Change Con....... 06/03/2011 at 9:50 am

  8. 8 Woodsy42 06/03/2011 at 11:37 am

    DEFRA should not have a policy towards polar bears, why have they been allowed to enlarge their remit beyond our shores?

  9. 9 AJC 06/03/2011 at 12:26 pm

    @Woodsy42

    Perhaps DEFRA are concerned about the three(?) polar bears living on their patch. There are two in Scotland and another, I believe, in the Oxford/Reading area [I believe the latter bear is available for advertising photo-shoots]. Perhaps DEFRA’s remit doesn’t extend to Scotland.

  10. 10 Cassandra King 06/03/2011 at 8:14 pm

    DEFRA/WWF/FoE/greenpiss is there any difference? All wallowing in equal measures of taxpayers money and ignorance, people so wrapped up in their own web of lies and deceptions and ideological lunacy they have begun to lose themselves in the fog of madness.

    Its like watching a tea party in a lunatic asylum with a troop of chimps as guests of honour.


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