Good news for Canadian grizzly bears as British Columbia ends trophy hunt!

IFAW is thrilled to share some very exciting news for grizzly bears in Canada. The government of British Columbia has followed through on an election promise and banned the controversial hunting of grizzly bears in the province, effective November 30, 2017. And it’s thanks to the work of IFAW supporters and other animal lovers that this decision was made.

The announcement cited the strong public opposition to grizzly bear hunting as the basis for the ban, with Natural Resource Operations Minister Doug Donaldson noting that “People in the province have come to their understanding, their point of view that the trophy hunting of grizzly bears is not a socially acceptable practice in B.C. in 2017.”

Sadly, the announcement will not benefit bears killed this fall, as the annual trophy hunt opens today.  The government is also continuing to allow the hunting of bears for meat, though it is unclear how many bears are actually killed for this purpose.  About 250 bears are killed annually in British Columbia, from an estimated population of 15,000. 

Still – this is excellent news for Canadian grizzly bears and IFAW would like to congratulate the government of British Columbia for listening to public opinion and protecting these majestic and iconic bears.  

But most of all, we want to thank YOU - our supporters – for taking action on this issue during the last election and calling and writing your election candidates.  Your voice has been heard!  And thanks to your efforts, Canadian grizzly bears will be offered greater protection from cruel and unnecessary trophy hunting.

While it remains to be seen how the ban will be implemented in practice, and whether there are any loopholes that will be exploited, we remain hopeful that the government’s decision will protect grizzly bears from the abhorrent practice of trophy hunting.

--SF

 

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