Category Archives: Blog

Letter re: Valhalla Wilderness Action ALERT to Halt Govt from Creating Independent Wildlife Agency in BC

Letter from Barbara of Bears Matter  May 18, 2017

John Horgan, NDP Party leader
Room 201, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC, V8V 1X4
Email: oppositionleader@leg.bc.ca
Andrew Weaver, Green Party Leader and MLA
Room 027C, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC, V8V 1X4
Email: andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca
Letter also sent to Ms. Clark, Leader of the BC Liberals
I am sending this urgent letter to your attention so that you may greatly assist the majority of British Columbians and our precious wildlife dependent on good stewardship and governance. As you are aware the former B.C. Government announced support for an ‘independent wildlife agency’ on March 22, 2017. I implore you to put the brakes on this ill-conceived concept at your earliest convenience.
Firstly, five ‘consumptive’ stakeholders have been fully involved upon inception of this scheme and not surprisingly now fully endorse the proposed agency. These stakeholders are; the BCWF, GOABC, Wildlife Stewardship Council, The Wild Sheep Society and the Trappers Association of BC. Where are the ‘non-consumptive’ stakeholders and more shockingly where are the First Nations on this initiative? There has been no prior consultation with the public or the multitude of non-consumptive stakeholders that I know of.
It is stunning to think that a grant of $200,000 of taxpayer dollars may have already been received to begin to produce a mandate for this non-existent agency and then begin finalizing arrangements for a fall launch, including $5million start-up funds.
My great fear is that if this agency goes ahead it would be the beginning of the ‘privatization’ of the management of wildlife in B.C. and there would be compartmentalizing of species for the benefit of trophy hunters, trappers and ethical hunters, not for conservation gains but for exploitation. No matter how well intentioned from the onset and how many stakeholders gather around the table it is a still a road filled with landmines. Our wildlife will be the great losers if the government protection and oversight is
abandoned and given over to groups with various special interests.
As B.C. slowly moves toward a more scientifically sound ecosystem-based approach and giving appropriate value to 99% of the organisms that are not game animals this controversial ‘wildlife agency’ appears on the horizon. It also has appeared at the same time that the B.C. government considers how to finally close down the shameful grizzly trophy hunt and is besieged by calls to end the five-year wolf cull.
Coincidence, I think not!
I truly believe that British Columbians are a more progressive and compassionate society than we were two decades ago. Consumptive users can no longer hold back the majority of us who also call ourselves ‘true conservationists in the woods’ and take this title very seriously.
Governance and stewardship is key to protecting the environment and all that lives there. The ethical, economic and social arguments for prioritizing ‘conservation’ can no longer be ignored by any one group or individual.
I am anxiously optimistic that at this time no funds have been transferred from the government to an outside agency to set up this newly announced wildlife agency. Regardless, this wildlife agency must die at whatever stage it is at and other ways of increasing funding and input to better serve our wildlife’s needs must be realized.
The Government of British Columbia and all opposition parties need to act now and in accordance with the wishes of the majority of B.C. residents who love our wildlife and want it managed scientifically and with care.
Please take immediate action to publicly withdraw your party’s support for the recently proposed independent wildlife agency. Together, we can do better to conserve and preserve our wildlife.
Sincerely,
Barbara Murray
Bears Matter  Vancouver Island, B.C.
3 · 11 hrs

Where Greens, NDP & LIberals Stand on Trophy Hunt of Grizzlies May 9th, 2017 BC Election

 

Now we have another study that indicates our pig-headed and intransigent government is on the wrong side of the public’s desires with respect to its peculiar enthusiasm for endorsing trophy hunting of a species that has already been extirpated from much of its range. Photograph by: JONATHAN HAYWARD, THE CANADIAN PRESSSayzuRedCloudStopthetrophyhuntlogo

Summary of Policies by Three Political Parties written by a bear conservationist.

Christy Clark’s BC Liberals:

The BC Liberals have been in power for 15 years and have steadfastly refused to make changes to their policy around bear hunting. They continue to authorize the slaughter of, on average, 300-350 grizzly bears and several thousand black bears per year claiming that it’s “science-based and well-managed”. They have now committed to end bear hunting within the Great Bear Rainforest. While this sounds like a step in the right direction, the important word is within. They have only agreed to work with Coastal First Nations, an umbrella group of 10 coastal first nations, to end the hunting of bears within their traditional territory provided they, along with Raincoast Conservation Foundation, buy out the commercial hunting rights at a cost of millions of dollars. This represents roughly only 1/3 of the area of the Great Bear Rainforest. For the rest of the GBR and BC it will be slaughter as usual. It’s unclear whether they will increase the kill in other areas to make up for the reduction in the GBR grizzly hunt.

Andrew Weaver and the Green Party:
Despite the policy stated in the Green Book (the policy manual of the BC Green Party) which is to “Ban trophy hunting and restrict any hunting of species threatened by trophy hunting. Eliminate sport and trophy hunting of grizzly bears”, Andrew Weaver continues to tout his “pack the meat out ” policy as an end to trophy hunting. The Green Party position is essentially that it’s acceptable to kill 350 grizzly bears each year as long as they pack “edible portions” out, take them to their home and pretend that they’re going to eat it. In a recent Vancouver Sun interview he also said he supports the Liberal position on the grizzly hunt and alluded to the possibility that they might have to kill some of the big males if there are too many of them. He continues to use deceptive language labelling “foreign hunters” as trophy hunters and BC residents as simply “hunters.” In fact, two out of three grizzly bears slaughtered for trophies in BC are killed by BC resident hunters. Provincial mortality statistics show that from 1978 through 2011, BC resident hunters killed 5,900 grizzlies while non-resident hunters killed 4,100.

John Horgan and the NDP:
The NDP took a bold step prior to the dropping of the writ, and said they would ban the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia. However, they left some wiggle room in the language around that, stating they were leaving room for some BC resident hunters to get permits to hunt bears for food. Although that appears to leave the door open for BC residents to continue to slaughter grizzly bears as long as they “pack the meat out”, statements made by John Horgan in interviews since the original press conference indicate he is promising that these will be given out only in exceptional circumstances and may include a provision where they would have to surrender the trophy parts. So despite lots of talk about ending the trophy hunting of bears in BC, by all three parties, the NDP promises, while not definitive, appear to be the most substantial and sincere.

Here are some other really important facts to consider about the bear hunt in BC:

Despite claims by the BC Liberal government that the annual slaughter of 300-350 magnificent beings (who are defenseless against modern access and technology), is science based and well managed,
1: the gov’t population estimates that the hunt is based on are derived from extrapolation of a too-small amount of science and rely heavily on “local expert opinion” mostly from local hunters.
2.managers have continually, repeatedly exceeded their own kill targets, especially of female grizzly bears.

Despite claims that hunters take out only old mature males (most past their prime breeding age):
1. 35% …. more than 1 out of 3 …. bears killed for trophies are FEMALE
2. The median age of bears killed each year in BC is FIVE years old. HALF of the grizzly bears killed in BC are barely of breeding age!

In poll after poll in British Columbia:
- Over 90% of British Columbia residents don’t support trophy hunting of grizzly bears
- In rural areas where hunting is a prominent activity, 70-80% don’t support trophy hunting of grizzly bears.
- More than 75% of people who self-identify as hunters oppose the trophy hunt of grizzly bears

Despite clear, peer-reviewed, scientific evidence that removing top carnivores from an eco-system is an ineffective and often destructive practice, both the BC Liberals and (sadly) the BC Green Party support trophy hunting and culling wolves and bears as legitimate wildlife “management” tools.

The NDP, alone, have aligned their position on this issue around the values of 90% of the population of British Columbia. While I acknowledge that this is only one issue in this election, if it is important to you, I hope this information is helpful to you when you are deciding how to vote on Tuesday.

B.C’s Stop the Grizzly Killing Facebook Campaign! Deadline May 9, 2017!

WhoareweinBC

Facebook Page: Stop the Grizzly Killing  - Please Like and Share!

After a long winter, bears emerge from dens to face Trophy Killers.    They have no chance. It’s time for this to end British Columbia! Not BEAUTIFUL BC, NOT SUPER NATURAL … SUPER DISGUSTING!

Full Campaign Details and Donation Page click on:       www.tiny.cc/SaveTheGrizzlies Please share with friends!

Note: ALL FUNDS go directly to our Canadian campaign. There is no need to pay the Generosity fee, edit fee to 0.00. Before May 9th every dime will be spent on Sponsored Ads!
Election Day, May 9th could be the tipping point for our grizzlies…and their protection and also start to protect their habitat!

Thanking you in advance Barb, Neil, Kyle and our whole team.

Campaign Authorized by Stop the Grizzly Killing Society, registered sponsor under Election Act stopthegrizzlykilling@gmail.com

Stopthetrophyhuntlogo

 

 

BC Liberal Darren DeLuca linked to U.S. trophy hunting Super PAC

Posted in Ban Big Money, Election – BC 2017, News
Written by Kai Nagata at Dogwood

Darren DeLuca auctioned off B.C. bear hunt for Safari Club International fundraiser
As a professional guide outfitter, Darren DeLuca has helped line the coffers of a U.S. political action group waging a global fight on behalf of trophy hunters. As a politician, DeLuca has also been funded by trophy hunting lobbyists in his own bid for power.
The BC Liberal candidate for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, DeLuca is a life member of Safari Club International, a controversial Arizona-based group that has donated at least $60,000 to help the pro-trophy hunting BC Liberals win the upcoming election.

In 2014 DeLuca auctioned off a unique experience at SCI’s annual Las Vegas convention: a chance to kill a trophy Vancouver Island black bear in the company of himself and a famous U.S. fighter pilot, Scott O’Grady. The prize went for $30,000 USD.

bear-hunt-auction-screen-grab-2

“Proceeds from this hunt support SCI’s Super PAC,” reads the auction listing, which is still online as of this writing. SCI-PAC is a multi-million-dollar political machine that boasts of having helped elect 147 pro-trophy hunting politicians to Congress.
Safari Club International celebrated a victory last week after President Donald Trump – whose adult sons are avid trophy hunters – repealed a law protecting bears and wolves in Alaska from hunting methods considered inhumane in most jurisdictions.
SCI’s annual Vegas auction is a major event, offering trips to kill exotic species all over the world while supporting political advocacy. SCI has taken a special interest in defeating the BC NDP because of the party’s pledge to end the commercial trophy hunt for grizzly bears.

Darren DeLuca is vice-president of the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., the group pictured accepting a $60,000 cheque from SCI for election work in a now-deleted Facebook post. GOABC has lobbied vigorously to keep the grizzly trophy hunt open in British Columbia.
There is no permanent grizzly bear population on Vancouver Island. But DeLuca’s Port Alberni-area luxury lodge offers visitors a chance to kill one of the Island’s famous black bears, or try a close-range shot at a cougar. “Cougars are chased with hounds and treed,” reads DeLuca’s website.
DeLuca was also the BC Liberal candidate in the riding of Alberni-Pacific Rim in 2013.  According to his election financing report, DeLuca received a $2,500 donation from the Guide Outfitters association.

darren-deluca-bear-kill

Darren DeLuca (left), BC Liberal candidate and life member of Safari Club International
Other donations to DeLuca’s campaign included $1,000 from Conservative Member of Parliament James Lunney, who later left the party after tweeting “stop calling evolution fact!”
DeLuca lost the 2013 race despite outspending incumbent NDP MLA Scott Fraser. The two will face off in a rematch on May 9. The Greens are running Alicia La Rue. Candidates’ donation disclosure forms for the current election will be due 90 days after voting day.
To support more investigative content, or to volunteer with Dogwood in the upcoming B.C. election, please visit VoteBC.ca

More at: https://dogwoodbc.ca/bc-liberal-deluca-trophy-hunting/

Stopthetrophyhuntlogo