Monthly Archives: January 2013

Bears Matter Valentine’s Fundraiser from February 11 to 14, 2013

Bears Matter Panda Valentine’s Fundraiser

 February 11 to February 14th, 2013 HeartRose-rev

Country Club Centre 

3200 North Island Hwy, Nanaimo, B.C.

Bears Matter Booth Inside Centre near Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut Kiosk & Shoppers Drug Mart

$26 & $30 & $40 HST ExemptWarm Buddy Bears

Monday to Wednesday 9:30am to 5:30pm

Valentine’s Day Thursday 9:30am to 9:00pm and and

*ALL PROCEEDS OF SALES GO DIRECTLY TO Seven non-profit charities helping bears around the world

An 8″ x10″ Appreciation Certificate Card with Every Teddy Bear Purchased!

Bears Matter Raised $5,850 in 2012!

Bears Matter would like to Sincerely Thank Nanaimo’s Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut Store for hosting our Xmas 2012 FundraiserBMXmas2012

We are proud to announce this year that a significantly higher total was achieved than last year to help five species of bears at home and afar. Our success would not have been realized without the hard work and commitment of the staff and manager at Nanaimo’s Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut store.

Of course Big Bear Hugs go out to all our wonderful supporters who purchased Warm Buddy gifts at our sale this season to help bears!

A grand total of $5,850 was raised from the sales of Luxurious Warm Buddy Bears, Moose, Penguins and bear paw mitts.  ‘Thank you Again Warm Buddy Co., for your continuing commitment and generousity to the Bears Matter Fund after 7 seasons! Also special Kudos to a bear’s best friend, Robyn Schade, for her graphic design work on the ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ over many years!

All Seven Non-Profit Charities receiving donations are well-known to Bears Matter and very deserving of our support.  We thank each organization for their endless hard work, personal sacrifices and passion so that bears may stay wild & alive and bear species overseas are saved from extirpation.

Here is how the donations were allotted this year:

1. Northern Lights Wildlife Society   $1,000

2. Critter Care Wildlife Society $800 wholesale Warm Buddy Bears to sell in their Gift Shop

3. North Island Wildlife Recovery Society $800 wholesale of Warm Buddy Bears to sell in their Gift Shop

4. Pacific Wild Alliance $650

5. Spectacled Bear Conservation Society $800

6. Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre  $800

7. Animals Asia $1,000

Bears Matter, Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut and Warm Buddy Company will continue to support bears through these organizations and look forward to adding deserving organizations in future.  Please make donations directly to these organizations anytime during the year as they receive no government funding for their on-going operations.

May 2013 see less bears trophy hunted, lose habitat, be injured, orphaned, illegally hunted and illegally trafficked for parts and bear bile!

Bears Matter!

Stephen Hume: B.C.’s promotion of grizzly hunt is ideological, not scientific


Orphaned grizzly bear at Grouse Mountain Wildlife Refuge.Photograph by: ASWRIGHT WWW.COLD-COAST.COM

Killing of a threatened species to satisfy a marginal industry makes no sense

A new scientific study reports that grizzly bear mortalities exceed government targets in half the areas where hunting is permitted. This earns another “ho hum” from provincial wildlife authorities.

So what’s new? When the province’s own habitat specialist first raised concerns with methodology in estimating grizzly populations and mortality rates, his bosses suppressed the study.

The province estimates 15,000 grizzlies inhabit British Columbia. Mind you, grizzly estimates seem to be whatever it takes to justify trophy hunting. In 1979, there were 6,600 grizzlies. Then, when trophy hunting was on the agenda, there were almost 17,000.

The debate over grizzlies is not a discussion of scientific evidence that contradicts hunting policy, it’s an emotional argument over lifestyle choices by trophy hunting proponents who are not really interested in science.

Presumably this why the government is comfortable saying wildlife managers don’t share the new study’s conclusions before they’ve even analyzed its evidence — although, of course, they promise to review it.

The study by six biologists from Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation reported by Larry Pynn is only the latest that will wind up gathering dust on the shelf where the provincial government puts documents it wants to forget. It has been preceded by reports from some of the world’s leading grizzly experts.

These studies gather dust not because the evidence is unconvincing but because provincial politicians are not interested in evidence-based decisions. They want justification for providing feedstock for a hunting industry that’s in steep decline.

Thirty years ago, there were almost 175,000 licensed hunters in B.C. Today, hunters’ numbers have fallen by more than half.

Clearly social values are changing.

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