Have to admit it … I have always hated big game trophy hunting.
I never understood what pleasure could be derived from hunting down a magnificent, totally innocent animal in the wild and killing it … just for fun.
It’s not done for food, not for survival, not to protect people, not to preserve livestock … but just to enjoy the act of bringing down big game. Even worse, it is sometimes carried out using technology and weaponry that is so powerful with such long-range capability, the activity shouldn’t even be called a sport.
For what? A bear skin or lion’s coat or tiger’s head or magnificent animal’s antlers to hang on a wall? Or for paws or other animals organs to aid old men get erections? No doubt ALL of those “trophies” are already produced synthetically … and a lot cheaper … than by murdering the animals for TOTALLY selfish purposes.
By now, especially if you have read this blog for a while (not long ago about despicable illegal Japanese whaling practices) , you will not be surprised when, in the interest of full disclosure, I mention have long been a supporter and donor to both the Sea Shepherd Organization AND the BC Wildlife Federation.
So I applaud the NDP government’s decision to ban grizzly bear trophy hunting as of Nov. 30. Wish it could be sooner.
But while I understand … I am very skeptical … of a loophole that will continue … permitting hunting for “meat” purposes.
The government MUST ensure that whenever a grizzly is killed for “food” after the trophy hunting ban goes into effect, NO parts of the carcass (head, paws, gall bladder, hide) are kept or sold or traded off by those who aided or participated in any way in the killing.
Up to 300 grizzlies have been killed annually by hunters in BC in the past … leaving a current total population of 15,000.
And this being BC., there is a political side to this story as well.
This from the Desmog Canada website:
“According to B.C. government statistics, about 300 grizzlies are killed each year by trophy hunters. Eighty-seven per cent of known, human-caused grizzly bear deaths in B.C. are attributable to trophy hunters, who have killed 12,026 grizzly bears since the government began keeping records in 1975.
“Foreign hunters account for about 30 per cent of all trophy kills in B.C. in any given year and they can pay upwards of $30,000 for the proper permits and the assistance of a guide outfitter. Former premier Christy Clark supported the grizzly trophy hunt and the BC Liberals received nearly $60,000 in donations from guide outfitter associations since 2005.
“Earlier this year, Safari Club International put its name behind a $60,000 fundraising effort for the Guide Outfitters Association of BC. In a post on Facebook, the Canadian chapter for Safari Club International wrote: “NDP have vowed to end the Grizzly hunt in BC if elected. SCI chapters from CANADA and the USA banded together donating $60000.00.”
You can read Desmog’s full article here: https://www.desmog.ca/2017/08/14/breaking-b-c-end-grizzly-bear-trophy-hunting.
The new government will consult with outfitters and others affected economically by the trophy hunting ban.
It has been a brutal, disgraceful “sport”, so I hope when the outfitters come hunting for public sympathy and funds, any “compensation” is limited in both amount and duration.
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