- Honourable Minister Steve ThomsonMinister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
- Honourable Minister Shirley BondMinister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
- Honourable Minster Mary PolakMinister of Environment
Protect grizzly bears by banning the trophy hunt in BC
The opening of trophy hunting season in the Great Bear Rainforest is only two months away. This year, the BC Liberals have even extended the spring and fall grizzly bear hunts. The Spring hunt is now from April 1 to June 15, 2017 and the Fall hunt has been extended from August 15 to November 30, 2017.
In the spring hunt female bears are often shot due to mistaken identity leaving their cubs to perish, and in the fall female grizzlies may be pregnant when they are hunted. Grizzly bears have the second lowest reproduction rate of North American land mammals. Economically, BC’s grizzly bear trophy hunt threatens the growing and sustainable wildlife-based tourism industry. Eco-tourism and bear viewing attract thousands of people to BC every year and create sustainable employment. There is simply no scientific, ethical or economic rationale for the trophy hunt.
British Columbia is one of the last refuges of the grizzly bear, which once roamed widely across North America. Despite widespread opposition, our government continues to treat this vulnerable and iconic species as an expendable resource. Along with First Nations and conservation partners, we are working to end the trophy hunting of bears, wolves and other large carnivores on the B.C. coast. Please sign this petition to help our efforts.
- Premier of British Columbia
- Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
Honourable Minister Steve Thomson
- Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
Honourable Minister Shirley Bond
- Minister of Environment
Honourable Minster Mary Polak
British Columbians live in a democracy where the government is duty-bound to heed the voices of the majority and not to pander to a small, vocal segment of the hunting community. As your government is aware, opinion polls have consistently shown that the overwhelming majority of British Columbians oppose the trophy hunt of grizzly bears. We urge your government to issue a province-wide ban on the trophy hunt of grizzly bears.
The senseless killing of grizzly bears is morally indefensible and has no place in modern wildlife management practices and policies. Killing these magnificent creatures for “sport” and bragging rights does not in any way contribute to the conservation of the species or increased safety for humans contrary to claims made by special interest groups. Nor is it acceptable to British Columbian taxpayers that money is being wasted on managing this costly and controversial hunt.
We urge your government to fully support eco-tourism and bear viewing, which not only benefit the bears but also local economies. The Coastal First Nations have announced a ban on bear trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest so that they can fully embrace eco-tourism as a vital part of their sustainable future. We wholeheartedly support this important initiative and ask that your government follow their lead.
Lastly, local and international wildlife conservationists, naturalists, eco-tour operators, wildlife photographers/filmmakers, biologists etc., would like to engage in a dialogue with your government about creating a province-wide grizzly bear sanctuary to best protect and celebrate iconic grizzly bears and their habitat so that future generations will be able to experience the beauty and majesty of these creatures.
We, the undersigned, look forward to your response to our requests for action and meaningful dialogue on these important and time-sensitive issues.
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