BC’s Shame – Stop the Trophy Hunt


In the International Year of Biodiversity, against the wishes of 79% of the citizens of British Columbia, against the wishes, stated again and again, of the very First Nations featured so prominently at the opening of the Winter Olympics, the BC government is going ahead with yet another year of “trophy” “hunting.”

The global elite can once more motor up to the shore, blast away, and go home with a head or a rug.

I mention the year of biodiversity because no one knows the effect of this slaughter on the future of the Spirit Bear, except that 98% of their range is open to it.

This ad appeared in the Vancouver Sun:

(click on the image for pdf)

Sign the petition to Premier Campbell: Stop Trophy Hunting Bears in BC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – VANCOUVER, BC, February 23, 2010 — In a few weeks, the B.C. government plans on reopening the trophy hunt of bears in the internationally celebrated Great Bear Rainforest. And the spirit bear, which was featured in the Olympic Games’ opening ceremonies, could be one of its targets.

The future of the white Kermode or spirit bear is being put at risk because black bears that carry the spirit bear’s white fur gene are fair game for trophy hunters.

The genetically distinct Haida black bear and the grizzly bear, which is listed as a Species of Special Concern by the Canadian Federal government, can also be killed senselessly for sport.

Coinciding with the release of a Vancouver Sun full page ad, supported by over 20 million people from 40 countries, conservationists have released a map showing that less than two percent of the white Kermode or spirit bear range actually protects the bears from trophy hunting in B.C.

“How can British Columbia be celebrating the spirit bear in the opening Olympic ceremony and as an official mascot to the Olympics when trophy hunting is allowed in over 98 percent of the animal’s genetic range?” asks Ian McAllister of B.C.-based Pacific Wild.

“It just doesn’t make sense to protect only the white coloured bears when the black bear also carries the gene that produces white cubs.” said Kitasoo-Xai’xais bear viewing guide Doug Neasloss.

“The spirit bear is a beautiful representative of evolution and we should not be tinkering with nature by allowing black Kermodes to be shot only to be hung on people’s walls. This is an archaic and shallow blood sport,” said Wayne McCrory, a Valhalla Wilderness Society biologist who has studied Kermode bears for 20 years.

Liz Barratt-Brown, an attorney with the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council, is urging the B.C. government to end the trophy hunt. “The spirit bear is important enough to us that it is represented in our logo and our 1.2 million members and activists want to know that bears are protected in the Great Bear Rainforest.”

“The eyes of the world are on B.C. and the global campaign to end the trophy hunting of bears in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest will continue to escalate until they are protected,” said Rebecca Aldworth of Humane Society International/Canada.

Among those demanding an end to the hunt:

Pacific Wild
Humane Society International/Canada
Humane Society of the United States
Humane Society
Wildlife Land Trust
Coastal First Nations
Sierra Club BC
Western Canada Wilderness Committee
David Suzuki Foundation
The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition
Valhalla Wilderness Society
Bears Matter
Forest Ethics
Animal Rights Sweden
Freedom for Animals – Croatia
Brigitte Bardot Foundation – France
Franz Weber Foundation – Switzerland
Global Action in the Interest of Animals (GAIA) – Belgium
Fundacion para la Adopcion, Apadrinamiento y Defensa de los Animales (FAADA) – Spain
Four Paws (International)
Respect for Animals – UK
Commercial Bear Viewing Association of British Columbia
Robin Wood
Friends of the Earth
Vancouver Humane Society
Natural Resources Defense Council

Who ya gonna call:

Premier of British Columbia
Hon Gordon Campbell
(250) 387-1715

Minister of Environment
Hon Barry Penner
(250) 387-1187


5 Responses to “BC’s Shame – Stop the Trophy Hunt”

  1. artemis54 Says:

    It can be dangerous wandering the streets of a city you’ve never been to before. Just ask Harold Fraud Jr, who somehow stumbled into the Stonewall Club in the West Village:

    (Apologies to Miss D if you are vidless. This is just too good.)

  2. artemis54 Says:

    The shortlist has been announced for the 2009 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.

    My vote went to Collectible Spoons of the 3rd Reich.

  3. sisdevore Says:


    Oh, and I had recently thinking we must do a pootie spoof someday….

    If I was extraordinarily wealthy, I would put my money on cleaning up the Great Lakes. Can you imagine what the Great Lakes were like when pristine?

  4. artemis54 Says:

    Pootie lovers take note:

    Spanish woman leaves 3m euros for Iberian lynx


    (That would be a little over $4 million.)

    Iberian Lynx Links

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