Grizzly bear in British Columbia, Canada. Credit EIA.

From 1998-2004, EIA campaigned to protect wild bears from a range of threats including habitat loss due to resort development in Canada’s Banff National Park, excessive sport hunting of grizzlies in British Columbia and the illegal trade in bear parts such as gall bladders for traditional Chinese medicine in North America and Asia.

Key successes in this campaign included securing a 2004 European Union import ban on grizzly bear parts (usually hunting trophies) from British Columbia (BC), Canada. In 2001, EIA also helped to persuade the Government of BC to establish a temporary moratorium on hunting grizzly bears.