Trophy hunts are adverse to 21st-century morals

Speak up for B.C.’s beautiful, iconic grizzly bears.

Re: Grizzly bear trophy hunt.

Just in time for this fall’s government-sponsored grizzly bear trophy hunt, which is taking place right now, an Insights West poll indicates that support for ending the twice-annual event has grown in this province to above 90 per cent.

In fact, the poll also found in its survey of residents from all areas of the province that just a meagre two per cent of respondents remain strongly in favor of trophy hunting.

It’s no wonder to me that trophy hunting is becoming less and less palatable to people.

Most of us would never care to hunt down any wild animal just to kill it, especially when we are all aware that our wildlife and wild places are quickly diminishing as a result of our own human ingress into their habitat for all manner of reasons including logging, oil and gas development, recreation and even our own habitation.

The thought that some people want to go and hunt an animal down just for the sake of selfies and take-home body parts to hang on a wall is completely self-serving, arrogant and adverse to 21st-century morals.

But even though our iconic bears have the support of the vast majority of the B.C. population, the odds are still stacked heavily against them since trophy hunt lobbyists are permitted to continually grease the palms of the very politicians that are in charge of regulating the hunt.

Premier Christy Clark herself was the guest of honour at the 2012 Guide Outfitters Association (GOABC) convention.

And Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett has proclaimed to his East Kootenay constituents that he will defend the trophy hunt as long as he is an MLA.

A public list of these donations totalling tens of thousands of dollars from GOABC to political parties can be viewed at the Elections BC website.

I encourage the other 90 per cent of people in this province, wherever you are, to speak up for our beautiful, iconic grizzly bears.

Together we will end this outdated and unethical practice of killing grizzly bears for fun.

 

Jacqueline Hohmann

Surrey

Just Posted

Surrey’s Amazing Tutors donates hundreds of ‘Sunshine Food Bags’ to those less fortunate

For three years, volunteers and students have been putting together donation packages

Surrey’s Khalsa Lions take in bronze in Fraser Valleys

The senior girls team will be heading to the provincials for the first time in the school’s history

Delta supports proposed Health Canada regulations for cannabis edibles

Regulations focus on standardizing THC content, making sure edibles aren’t appealing to youth

Junior Team Canada brings home gold to the Lower Mainland, again

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

VIDEO: Iconic ‘snow cone’ takes shape at B.C. park near Clearwater

Snow cone forming at Wells Gray Provincial Park one that would make Disney’s Queen Elsa proud

A ‘warm embrace’ for grieving parents at funeral of seven young fire victims

Mourners offered love and support to Kawthar Barho, mother of seven children

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

UPDATE: Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Legislation to protect B.C. farmland comes into effect

Regulations enhance food security, encourage long-term farming

Have you heard the legend of Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake monster?

Witness accounts as old as 1904, and as recent as 2018, place a creature in the lake’s depths

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C. weavers to help Alaska Native project honouring survivors of violence

Dozens of Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers from all over North America will be weaving 5-inch-by-5-inch squares

B.C. skip Sarah Wark and team eliminated at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Nontheless pretty impressive stuff from the 24th-ranked team in the country

Most Read