The World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species opposed the US proposal to prohibit global trade in polar bear body parts, and attributed the marked decline in the animal's population to loss of sea ice habitat due to climate change.
David Ljunggren, Reuters /
March 6, 2013
The Canadian Press, Chris Young/AP
Proposals to ban trade in polar bear furs will do little to ensure the animals' long-term future, Canada's Arctic Inuit and two major conservationist groups both say.