End the Transport of Canadian Animal Hunting 'Trophies'
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Air Canada and WestJet have banned the transport of big game out of Africa, but continue to allow the transport of Canadian animal ‘trophies’, such as black bears, grizzly bears, polar bears and wolves.
Sign and share this petition to tell Air Canada and WestJet they should be taking a stand against trophy hunting in their own backyard.
On August 4, 2015 Air Canada and WestJet banned the shipment of big game trophies after the brutal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe in early July drew international attention and sparked a media outcry.
What about in our own backyard?
British Columbia is one of the last refuges of the grizzly bear, which once roamed widely across North America. Though listed as a species of special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, the province still allows a Limited Entry Hunt for grizzly bear trophy hunters twice a year.
Despite a recognized need for protection, independent biologists indicate B.C.'s grizzly population has fallen from 35,000 bears in 1915 to as low as 6,000 today. Still, trophy hunters shoot between 300 and 400 grizzlies each year, and Air Canada and West Jet kindly ship the trophies home.
In 2004, the European Union banned imports of all B.C. grizzly parts into member countries after its analysis found the BC grizzly bear hunt to be unsustainable.
A recent study by the Centre for Responsible Travel finds bear viewing in B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest generates far more economic value than bear hunting. According to this study, visitors spent 12 times more on bear viewing than on bear hunting in British Columbia.
Ironically, the very businesses that benefit from tourist travel are undermining it!
Beyond the evidence, 91% of British Columbians - rural and urban - simply do not support the trophy hunt including all Coastal First Nations.
In the absence of provincial leadership, we are all doing what we can to stop the trophy hunt. It’s time for Air Canada and West Jet to join us.
Join us in:
a) acknowledging Air Canada CEO, Calin Rovinescu and WestJet CEO, Gregg Saretsky for taking these important first steps to oppose the trophy hunt; and
b) calling on them to take a stand against this brutal and inhumane ‘sport’ in their own backyard by refusing to transport grizzly, black bears, and wolves from their natural habitat.
Until the provincial government of British Columbia bans trophy hunting, it’s up to the public and businesses large and small to do their part.
Please sign and share this message to help #bantrophyhunting, one step at a time.
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