BC Trophy hunt

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?


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  • Evelyn Kirkaldy
    commented 2017-05-06 17:02:56 -0700
    I agree with you Julian 100%! I don’t give a hoot for those barbarians. However they will cry foul even more than they have so far and it may behoove the Greens to be prepared to be doing their best to appear fair to the public. A few years back the Ontario govt put an end to the spring bear hunt, and to make up for the backlash from hunters, 2 weeks were added to the fall hunt. I’m assuming it was in response to Horgan’s announcement that the NDP would end the Grizzly hunt, that Christie shut down the GB hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest. However, the Liberals made up for it by predictably adding new management (read hunting) units. We may need to give the GOABC something and that something should be anything but more trophy hunting, who knows, maybe they will push for more trophy killing of other species in retribution.
  • Julian Prior
    commented 2017-05-06 14:28:15 -0700
    Agreed Evelyn – BC Greens should wholesale support trophy hunting of all species including grizzlies. I couldn’t care less about GOABC revenue losses – it is a barbaric practice and should be stopped.
  • Julian Prior
    tagged this with Important 2017-05-06 14:28:14 -0700
  • Evelyn Kirkaldy
    published this page in Make a suggestion 2017-05-02 14:59:18 -0700
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