VHS has written to B.C.’s environment minister, Steve Thompson, to express our opposition to the expansion of the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in the province.
The government is proposing to implement grizzly hunting in the Kootenay and Cariboo regions, where it is currently banned, and is asking for feedback from the public on the plan (see below).
The proposal comes just weeks after a poll found that 88 per cent of B.C. residents are opposed to trophy hunting. A new study also suggests more grizzly bears are being killed than the government estimates.
VHS’s letter to the minister states that: “Grizzly bears are a provincial and national treasure” and that it would be “unethical to further endanger populations with an increase in hunting.”
To give your input into the proposed changes to the grizzly hunt, click here (Please note: you must register for an account first to leave a comment on the government’s website.)