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.
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@pacificwild @ChristyClarkBC @Steve4Kelowna (Minister Steve Thomson, defender of the hunt)
SEND AN EMAIL / WRITE A LETTER TODAY!
We've made it easy for you by putting together a draft letter, which you can edit, sign and send to the appropriate ministers. SIMPLY CLICK HERE
Email BC Premier Christy Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org and to Minister Steve Thomson at email@example.com
- SIGN THE PETITION
- READ THE BLOG 'Trophy Hunting - Having Your Say' to learn more.
- Educate those around you by hosting a film screening of Bear Witness, a film by B.C. Coastal First Nations
- Read this great article by wildlife documentary film maker, Chelsea Turner, in the Huffington Post - Bears are My Neighbours, and You Wouldn't Slaughter your Neighbours. March 30, 2014
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.
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.