POLL: Should the trophy hunting of Grizzly Bears be banned nationwide?

Conservationists are finally celebrating an epic victory after decades of fighting to protect grizzly bears in British Columbia.

In August, the government announced its commitment to ending grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest and throughout the province.

While the news was welcomed at the time, major concerns were raised about a loophole that would have allowed hunters to continue killing grizzlies for sport if they claimed they were being killed for their meat.

Now, however, following a public comment period, that loophole has been closed. Trophy hunting has been banned entirely throughout the province, with an exception for First Nations who hunt for food, social, or ceremonial purposes, or treaty rights.

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“Through consultations this past fall, we have listened to what British Columbians have to say on this issue and it is abundantly clear that the grizzly hunt is not in line with their values,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

The grizzly bear hunt is over. Finally, after a decades-long battle, these animals will wake up in the spring, free from the persecution of trophy hunters. P/C: Sam Edmonds

Gepostet von Wildlife Defence League am Dienstag, 19. Dezember 2017

Some continue to argue that these hunts, and trophy hunting in general, are a necessary management tool, and that the money brought in from permits benefits conservation. But grizzly bear advocates have continued to challenge those arguments, and have raised awareness about how cruel, unethical and unsustainable these hunts really are, especially for a large carnivore who already faces a number of other threats.

They’ve also argued that trophy hunting poses a serious threat to opportunities for bear viewing, which has been shown to be worth far more to the economy than allowing people to kill them for fun.

Several Care2 petitions have been started asking Canada to ban grizzly bear hunts, including one that garnered more than 230,000 signatures.

Thanks to the efforts of dozens of conservation organizations, First Nations and members of the public who supported a total ban, British Columbia’s iconic grizzly bears will no longer be senselessly killed for nothing more than a trophy.

“This is a major victory for B.C. grizzly bears. Because you took the time to voice your support for a total and complete ban on the grizzly bear trophy hunt, the B.C. government listened and has now banned it effective immediately,” said Ian McAllister, Executive Director at Pacific Wild. “We can now enter 2018 knowing that the grizzly bear trophy hunt has been entered into our history books.”

Now that the pressure from trophy hunting is off, efforts will be focused on protecting grizzlies from other threats, including habitat loss, to ensure their survival, in addition to promoting coexistence with them and opportunities to see them and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

For more on how to help support protection for grizzly bears and other native carnivores in British Columbia, check out the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Pacific Wild and Wildlife Defence League.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 21 Dec 2017.

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One thing at a time, get rid of trapping.


Any “sports” killing of any animal should be banned worldwide!

Maria Grazia Bacco


Alice Johnston

the best hunter is 6 foot below the ground

Naveen Chilakapati

No hunting

Caroline Evans

the trophy huntingof all animals should be banned, it is a disgusting thing to do and if not stopped with make many species extinct, not to mention the wanton cruelty

Kev Vincent

This question should not even have to be asked.

All hunting should be banned, worldwide…period.

Humans do not have the right to survive…if it means that killing other sentient life forms is involved.

Nobody, and nothing gave us the right to kill.


This question should not even have to be asked.

All hunting should be banned, worldwide…period.

Humans do not have the right to survive…if it means that killing other sentient life forms is involved.

Nobody, and nothing gave us the right to kill.

Janna Werthem Davis


Mars Greenwood


V Chan Chanlay

100% YES!

Linda Badham

all animals should have the right to live !

Nancy Jo Baker


Kirsty Ann Talbot

Strongly yes

Jaynie Lesniak


Jonathan Crabtree

Shut up idiots. Who are you to tell someone they can’t hunt. We have been hunting since man was made. Hunters are the ones who put the money into conservation. What do you do? Bitch on Facebook. Come try and stop me from hunting

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

ALL trophy hunting should be banned worldwide!!!!!

Michele Jankelow

Hunting is a primitive and arrogant “sport” and will be judged one day as crimes against nature! Frankly that this is even considered to continue is downright appalling! Time to stop people with money influencing decision makers. Where is the person with influence who says “no more”?

Astrid Marsh

My family and I were lucky enough to have Mummy and 3 cubs on the road in BC ,about 20 years ago . Cars all stopped while we watched these beautiful animals stop for a scratch and slowly cross and into the woods . Never forgotten , Love Canada x

Lois Carol Wessels

Do we still discuss the dreadful subject? ALL hunting should be banned!

Sue Lesmond

The only good hunter is a dead one.Hunt the hunter! An eye for an eye!

Michelle Berns

Yes, indeed.

Vanessa Black

Yes..should of never been allowed…