Protecting the Arctic Refuge
In March 2012, the U.S. Senate voted down a measure to open the Arctic refuge to oil and gas exploration. Over 9,000 Defenders supporters across the nation urged their senators to oppose the bill!
No trophy imports
In 2013, Defenders of Wildlife, Humane Society of the United States and other groups intervened to defend the ban on importing sport-hunted polar bear trophies against legal attacks by Safari Club International, Conservation Force and individual polar bear trophy hunters. A federal appeals court upheld the 2008 decision to ban imports of polar bear parts from Canada, supporting the conservation of this iconic species.
Extinction rider goes extinct
In 2011, Congress voted to strip from an Interior funding bill a provision that would have prevented the addition of new species to the endangered species list. This is a critical success for arctic species which may need additional protection in the face of climate change.