Justice for Polar Bear Update! 3/11/2020


We want to thank everyone that signed our IMPACT STATEMENT & PETITION, which was printed out and submitted to the Judge before the hearing. Our collective voice matters!!


Christopher L. Gordon did not receive the maximum sentence allowed under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and his sentencing will not reverse the unjust killing of the polar bear. It does, however, send a powerful message that people around the world will not tolerate actions such as Christopher L. Gordon's. On Friday, Christopher L. Gordon, a Kaktovik man guilty of the killing and wanton waste of a polar bear last year, was sentenced to three months in federal prison, one year of supervised release, and a $4,500 fine. At his sentencing hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline noted the importance of deterring similar conduct.


Article: https://alaska-native-news.com/kaktovic-whaling-captain-sentenced-to-federal-prison-for-violation-of-marine-mammal-act/47836


Immediate Action Needed!!!

Help get justice for a polar bear that was killed and left to rot last year in Kaktovik, Alaska.

A sentencing hearing will be held on February 28, 2020.

Victim Impact Statement  US v. Gordon  19-CR-00009-4

Dear honorable Judge Ralph Beistline,

As an animal advocacy organization, we are accustomed to seeing and hearing about execrable crimes carried out upon wildlife. This case is particularly egregious.  When food is taken directly from one's surroundings for survival purposes, it encompasses what the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) of 1980 was created to do. The subsistence rules were granted to ensure Alaskan natives would not be punished for merely trying to survive; it was not intended to be abused or offer impunity to those who unjustifiably kill. Christopher L. Gordon's unlawful acts are not that of a man merely trying to survive. We understand the importance of granting the native people subsistence laws. However, the killing of a threatened or endangered species is an attack not only on the animal whose life was wastefully taken but on the future existence of the species as a whole and the power of the laws put in place to protect such animals. The reckless abandonment of the law, disregard for life, and intentional wastefulness on the part of Christopher L. Gordon cannot be dismissed.  Christopher L. Gordon's actions weigh heavily on the hearts of Americans, both native and non-native. We are cognizant of the fact this case is likely to set a precedent for how future cases such as this are decided. Christopher L. Gordon must be held accountable to ensure that acts such as his are not recurrent. If left unpunished, his crime sends a message that it is ok to break the law.


For the reasons stated here, our organization, OneProtest, and the undersigned support the maximum sentence allowed under law in the case of US v. Gordon.

Impact Statement is closed.