Take Action to Protect B.C.'s Bears

April 1, 2015 will see the opening of yet another trophy hunt season in British Columbia.

A report published in January 2014 by the Center for Responsible Tourism (CREST) in collaboration with Stanford University highlighted the eco-tourism dollars to be gained in British Columbia from the thousands of tourists who come to view rather than kill wildlife, taking home photographs rather than dead animal parts for display. CREST’s report Economic Impact of Bear Viewing and Bear Hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, finds that bear viewing generates “12 times more in visitor spending than bear hunting and over 11 times in direct revenue for B.C.’s provincial government.” Furthermore, on a purely employment-related note, bear viewing companies directly employed an estimated 510 persons, compared with the 11 persons employed by guide hunting outfitters in 2012.


 

It's time to add your name to the nearly 90% of British Columbians, including all Coastal First Nations and a majority of B.C. hunters, who oppose the trophy hunt.


Share your thoughts on social media
@pacificwild @ChristyClarkBC @Steve4Kelowna (Minister Steve Thomson, defender of the hunt)
#notrophyhunt #bcpoli



 


SEND AN EMAIL / WRITE A LETTER TODAY! Email  BC Premier Christy Clark at premier@gov.bc.ca and to Minister Steve Thomson at flnr.minister@gov.bc.ca


WATCH BEAR WITNESS, a film by B.C. Coastal First Nations to learn more.

PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT: www.bearsforever.ca

 
   

Leadership from the Kitasoo/Xais Xais, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk and Owekeeno Nations assert their traditional law to ban trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest by erecting this sign in the Kwatna River estuary, a popular bear trophy hunting destination.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest is one of the greatest tracts of intact temperate rainforest left on Earth. It is home to thousands of species of plants, birds, and animals including black bears, grizzlies, and Spirit bears.

You might think that here, the bears could live and thrive in peace. But trophy hunters have set their sights on the vulnerable animals, shooting them with rifles and cross bows as they feed near the shoreline and on salmon streams. It is shocking to think that even grizzly bears, the second slowest reproducing land mammal in North America, are routinely killed in the Great Bear Rainforest - even in protected areas and despite Coastal First Nations' ban on trophy hunting. In opposing this cruel and scientifically indefensible killing, Pacific Wild stands alongside many other NGO's, Coastal First Nations and the bear viewing industry. Moreover, First Nations communities can earn far more from responsible bear-watching ecotourism than destructive and cruel bear hunting.


Read more about the BC Trophy Hunt

 


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