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Hours Away from Vote to End Profit Driven International Trade in Polar Bear Parts 06 Mar 2013 The vote on a US proposal to end the international commercial trade in polar bear parts will take place tomorrow in Bangkok, Thailand. The US proposal is before the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and is opposed by Canada, the only country where polar bears are found that still allows the killing of the animals to supply global demand for polar bear parts (skins, claws, teeth, skulls). The US delegation to CITES has been headed all week by USFWS Director, Dan Ashe, who has been rallying support for the US proposal. The proposal has gained Russian support, where polar bears are threatened by illegal killing to supply the international market, and the support of other countries around the globe. Nonetheless, securing protections for polar bears by banning their global trade won't be easy, as such a ban requires two-thirds support from all countries voting at CITES. [Sign petition to EU!]