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The National Humane Education Society

In March, member nations will meet at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to discuss, among other topics, protections for polar bears. The global trade in polar bear pelts, claws, skulls, and other body parts must stop. Polar bears are in danger not just from this kind of global trafficking but also global climate change. There are an estimated 22,000 polar bears in 20 different populations worldwide.

Killing wildlife for sport is inherently cruel and uncivilized. Hunters who hunt for the thrill of the kill lose themselves in an ancient belief that humans rule over the animals. We do not. In reality, hunting disrupts migration and hibernation patterns. It decimates animal family units and degrades habitat. Trophy hunting, in particular, is an egregious form of killing as it involves going after big game and mounting all or part of the animal in a trophy…

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Waitrose puts Shell partnership on ice

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Waitrose has suspended plans to expand its partnership with the Arctic oil drillers Shell, after 12 days of  intense campaigning by Greenpeace.

The UK supermarket had been considering opening new shops in Shell petrol stations across the country, but Waitrose managing director Mark Price has confirmed that these plans have been put on ice until after 2013. The supermarket has also declared its support for the creation of an Arctic sanctuary, a move that would help protect endangered species, such as the polar bear, Arctic fox and narwal, by making the polar region off limits to oil drillers like Shell.

The announcement was made after nearly 40,000 people signed a Greenpeace petition urging Waitrose to break off the partnership with Shell. Activists also sent emails, posted hundreds of messages on Facebook, and staged demonstrations in Waitrose stores, including the appearance of  a life-size polar bear in Islington.

Greenpeace, which has worked with Waitrose to develop its sustainable fishing policies, said it was “shocked” that the retailer, which prides itself on its environmental initiatives, would link itself to Shell. This summer Shell tried, and failed, to drill for oil in the Arctic, after a catalogue of disasters which included breaking the oil spill response equipment during testing.

You can support Greenpeace’s campaign to save the Arctic by visiting http://www.savethearctic.org

Happy Halloween

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Szenja, one of the polar bears from SeaWorld San Diego’s Wild Arctic exhibit, gets into the spirit of Halloween. Polar bears are the largest land carnivore and have 42 teeth, which they use for catching food. Polar bears swallow most food in large chunks rather than chewing.

SeaWorld California Polar Bear Halloween
Photo: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

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Winning wildlife photos now on show

One hundred prize-winning images from the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 contest are now on show at London’s Natural History Museum and this spectacular exhibition is well worth a visit.

Paul Nicklen won the overall prize with a fantastic photo of  penguins (above) about to blast through a whole in the ice. The Canadian waited motionless on the edge of  Antarctica’s Ross Sea for a  colony of emperor penguins to emerge.

UK teenager Nick Hearn took the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award with Flight Paths (below), a fantastic picture of  a red kite mirrored by a distant plane, captured at his grandparents’ farm.

Other favourites include a photo of a lone polar bear staring out from a drifting sheet of ice, taken by Norway’s Ole Jørgen Liodden, which won him the Animals in the Environment Award. Now in its 48th year, the competition attracted more than 48,000 entries from 98 countries.

Shell loses suit against Greenpeace

Amsterdam District Court has rejected a bid by Royal Dutch Shell to ban Greenpeace International from holding protests on or near its property.

“Future Greenpeace actions against Shell cannot be banned in advance provided that they remain in a certain framework,” the court ruling said in response to Shell’s suit. “The judge took as starting point that organisations, such as Greenpeace, are in principle free to carry out actions to let the public know about their point of view,” it added.

The court did, however, hand Greenpeace a set of protest guidelines, including the requirement that the group will not be able to occupy gas stations for more than an hour at a time.

Shell had sought a ban on any Greenpeace protests in the Netherlands within 500 metres (yards) of its operations, including petrol stations or offices, after the group organised several protests against the oil company’s drilling in the Arctic.

Shell loses suit against Greenpeace – Business – CBC News.

Greenpeace activist dressed as polar bear arrested at petrol station protest

Greenpeace activist dressed as polar bear arrested at petrol station protest | Metro.co.uk.

Gazprom to delay drilling in the Arctic

Good news! Gazprom has announced they are going to delay the start of their oil extraction in the Prirazlomnoye field, in the Arctic Ocean. This comes just a few days after Shell announced they wouldn’t drill in Alaska this year.

Last month Greenpeace activists climbed the side of Prirazlomnaya, Gazprom’s floating oil platform in the Pechora Sea, to protest about oil drilling in the Arctic.

Both Gazprom and Shell will try to start drilling again next year, so ask your family and friends to sign the Save the Arctic petition.