POLITICS

Inuit protest U.S. move to block trade around the world in polar bear parts

10/05/2012 05:41 EDT | Updated 12/05/2012 05:12 EST
Inuit groups are angry over a second attempt by the United States to have trade in polar bears skins banned internationally.

The U.S. has said it plans to ask the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species to place bear parts in the same category as elephant ivory.

Canada's national Inuit group says there are thousands of polar bears in the country and the great white predators aren't endangered.

It says Inuit hunting is well-managed and has significant cultural and economic value in the Arctic.

The U.S. tried a similar move in 2010 but lost out when delegates from the European Union voted against it.