Coalition presents united front, calling on the Government of British Columbia to end the trophy hunting of grizzly bears across the province.
May 5, 2017
VICTORIA (May 5, 2017) - A coalition of non-profits, unions, filmmakers, and businesses present a united front in an open letter to the future Premier of B.C., calling on the Government of British Columbia to end the trophy hunting of grizzly bears across the province. Click here for the letter in .pdf form.
On behalf of all 24 signatories, and on behalf of the over 90 percent of BC residents who oppose trophy hunting, we express sincere hope that this letter comes to the immediate attention of the future Premiere of B.C. upon taking office, and that swift and effective action is taken to protect grizzly bears. B.C.’s communities can play a key role in global leadership by demanding accountability. The grizzly trophy hunt is detrimental to Canada and B.C.’s economy and reputation, so it is in all of our interests to end it. Over 90% of B.C. residents are opposed to the grizzly bear trophy hunt and it is more important than ever that B.C.community groups, NGOs, businesses, and other organizations, are a united front on this issue.
Despite the obvious conflict between trophy hunting and the region's burgeoning bear viewing industry, Indigenous laws, and conservation science and ethics, we have still not seen a policy in complete support of the ban. In recent months the NDP and Greens have proclaimed several moves towards better protection for grizzly bears in British Columbia. But can any of these measures really protect the grizzly bears of B.C. when the trophy hunt continues in the rest of the province, large donations from trophy hunters are being accepted, and parties continue to support the killing of grizzly bears for “food" as opposed to “trophy”? No matter who gets into power, hunting grizzly bears for trophies must end once and for all.