I think that the majority of the public would support a complete ban on trophy hunting of bears as stated in the Green Book back in 2001. I understand the reasons for Andrew's proposal to the house a few years back. It included an exception for meat hunting, but, had he consulted with those who have been fighting this issue for years, he might have understood the backlash and the predictable "we eat the meat" rhetoric from the guide outfitters when they had previously shunned the practice. The bottom line it seems is that without trophy hunting, guide outfitters would be out of a job. Foreign hunters are not going to pay the big bucks for meat with no trophy. Many animal rights organizations and advocates are really upset about the weak policy and are twisting it all out of proportion. The Greens need to keep them happy and onside by being very strong and uncompromising on this issue; currently the backlash from them is getting very nasty. Also, if we could somehow address the GOABC revenue losses, even though they are probably few, with some sort of incentives and education. I moved from north Vancouver and have now lived in the rural Kootenays for over 15 years. My distain for hunting, likely fueled by the sport hunt, has been modified somewhat. There are many sustinance hunters here who share the opinion that hunting for sport is not ethical and are not happy that they get painted with the same brush. We might be able to get them more active on this issue by letting them know that the practice of trophy hunting is likely giving all hunting a bad reputation. To be fair, we should question the TROPHY hunting of all species, because really, how is one species 'better' than the other? How would we monitor this? Would we make it illegal to possess body parts such as skulls, etc, and/or require possession thereof for educational purposes etc. to be licenced with full disclosure as to where and how the owner aquired them?