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.
“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
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.
We invite you to share your opinion whether the trophy hunting of Grizzly Bears should be banned nationwide? Please vote and leave your comments at the bottom of this page.
Thank you for voting.
Editorial Comment: The purpose of this poll is to highlight important wildlife conservation issues and to encourage discussion on ways to stop wildlife crime. By leaving a comment and sharing this post you can help to raise awareness. Thank you for your support.
Share this post with your friends
You may also like:
Top-Viewed Posts Last 30 Days
- POLL: Should the UK finally abandon its controversial badger cull? – [2170 Views]
- POLL: Should fox hunting legislation be repealed in the UK? – [2168 Views]
- POLL: Should the trophy hunting of Grizzly Bears be banned nationwide? – [2013 Views]
- Arctic Fox and Snowy Owl Filmed Doing Strange ‘Dance’ – But Why? – [1838 Views]
- POLL: Should Japan be sanctioned for slaughtering dolphins and whales? – [1424 Views]
- How Sea Shepherd lost battle against Japan’s whale hunters in Antarctic – [1267 Views]
- POLL: Should We Revive Extinct Species? – [1117 Views]
- POLL: Should the Cheetah be classified as “Endangered”? – [1113 Views]
- POLL: Should Lolita the Lonely Orca be Freed? – [1054 Views]
- It’s a Miracle! Wisdom Lays an Egg at Age 67 – [1038 Views]
Top-Viewed Posts Last 12 Months
- POLL: Should hunting with hounds be banned? – [7733 Views]
- Gray Squirrels versus Red Squirrels – The Facts [4787 Views]
- POLL: Should there be a worldwide ban on fur farming? – [4251 Views]
- POLL: Should the trophy hunting of bears and wolves be banned? – [4057 Views]
- POLL: Should foxes be culled to protect domestic pets? [3799 Views]
- POLL: Should Japan be sanctioned for slaughtering dolphins and whales? – [3285 Views]
- POLL: Should the slaughter of badgers in the UK be finally stopped? – [3077 Views]
- POLL: Should the cruel sport of bullfighting be banned? [2873 Views]
- POLL: Should Canada ban the hunting of seals? [2667 Views]
- POLL: Should the Tories be allowed to bring back fox hunting? [2578 Views]