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This is your chance to speak up for BC’s grizzly bears!



91% of B.C. residents oppose hunting animals for sport, according to an Insights West poll in 2015. Yet, the provincial government allows the grizzly hunt to continue.

The Grizzly Bear Foundation, a new organization dedicated to the welfare of grizzly bears, has launched an inquiry to hear British Columbians’ views on the health, welfare and long-term survival of the population in B.C.  This inquiry will hear from all stakeholders including hunters, guide-outfitters and First Nations. You can make your views known by submitting your comments by email or mail, or by registering to speak at the meetings in Vancouver (October 18) or Victoria (October 20).

VHS believes that trophy hunting is an immoral and unsustainable use of wildlife, but especially so when it comes to large carnivores, as their population statistics are often in dispute. A low rate of reproduction combined with habitat loss and hunting are imperilling B.C.’s grizzly bear populations and VHS will be attending the inquiry and representing our supporters’ views that hunting this iconic animal should be stopped.

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VHS opposes grizzly hunt expansion

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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.)