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Bears Matter Letter to Minister Doug Donaldson asking for Cancellation of the 2017 Fall Grizzly Trophy Hunt

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August 6, 2017
Honourable Doug Donaldson
Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations
And Rural Development
Parliament Buildings Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4

( Readers, Please find email addresses below of persons cc’ed on this letter for your reference)
Dear Minister Donaldson,
re: Cancellation of the 2017 Fall Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt
I am writing to you on behalf of thousands of concerned citizens of British Columbia, tourists and future tourists who sign our petitions, follow our Anti-Trophy Grizzly Hunt social media pages and write to us directly. I have owned and operated Bears Matter, a non-profit business, since 2006. As a bear advocate I have been concerned with the ethical issues surrounding the grizzly bear trophy hunt since your government’s three-year moratorium was overturned in July 2001 by the incoming Liberal government.
Bears Matter followers and myself are filled with hope and anticipation now that your party has returned to govern B.C. and believe that it is in no small part due to your promise to ‘Stop the Grizzly Killing’(note: facebook page with 45K+ followers).
We anxiously await your announcement that the Fall Trophy Grizzly Hunt will be cancelled, especially given the ongoing and devastating wildfire situation in this province. As you are well aware, the wildfires are compounding the stressors and habitat issues of all wildlife.
It has recently been reported in the media that your Ministry plans to consult with stakeholder groups before deciding on ending the hunt. We are wondering why such consultation is suggested when your government, and the Green Party, have already publicly declared to end the hunt? Please can you clarify this inference in the media and advise us of the status of this file if it is other than what your party promised during the May election campaign.
If any stakeholder consultations are to take place we, respectfully, request that it happen after the closure of the imminent 2017 Fall Grizzly Bear Hunt and the process would include non-consumptive and consumptive interest groups, including First Peoples.
Please do the right and only thing as soon as possible for our iconic, beloved Grizzlies and be confident that an overwhelming majority of British Columbians, individuals and jurisdictions around the world will herald your decision as a testament to your government’s mandate to uphold B.C.’s enlightened and progressive social justice values in this twenty-first century!
Respectfully,

Barbara Murray

On behalf of Bears Matter
(formerly of North Vancouver)
Nanoose Bay, B.C.
cc Premier Horgan; Minister Heyman (Environment); Minister Beare (Tourism); Minister Fraser (Indigenous Relations); Dr. Weaver, MLA; Adam Olsen, MLA; Sonia Furstenau, MLA; Michelle Stilwell, MLA; Gord Johns MP; Jane Thornthwaite, MLA; Ralph Sultan, MLA; Dr. Darryl Plecas, MLA

Barb Murray
Bears Matter
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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.
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April 1’17 Rally to End the ‘Grizzly’ Hunt -Videos of Speakers

1. Val Murray, Justice for BC Grizzlies and Organizer of Rally www.justiceforbcgrizzlies.com

2. Trish Boyum, Ocean Adventures Chartered Tours

3. Bryce Casavant, NDP Candidate Oak Bay-Gordon Head

4. Jens Wieting, Sierra Club of B.C.

5. Donna Johnson, Wuikinuxv Nation

6. Sonia Furstenau – Green Candidate

7. Jordan Reichert, Animal Protection Party of Canada

Published on Apr 4, 2017
Justice for BC Grizzlies organized the April 1st Rally for B.C. Grizzlies, bringing citizens together to pressure the government to end the Trophy Hunt of Grizzly Bears in BC. Justice for BC Grizzlies is a diverse grassroots movement of BC residents. We share a common concern over the brutal killing of Grizzly Bears in a lottery hunt that takes place twice each year. Together we are making the grizzly hunt an election issue in BC. #grizzlies #grizzly #endthehunt #trophyhunt

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Horgan and NDP Commits to Ban Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt- November 24, 2016

November 24, 2016

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ndppressconfnov23rdVANCOUVER– New Democrat leader John Horgan announced a New Democrat government will ban the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia.

“It’s time for some leadership here,” said Horgan. “We can look after our natural environment, respect the outdoor traditions of this province and grow the economy if we make the right choices. That should start now with a change in how we treat the iconic grizzly bears of B.C.”

Horgan added, “This province has a proud outdoor heritage that includes hunting and fishing. We also have a future that includes welcoming the world to enjoy our spectacular scenery and wildlife, creating jobs for British Columbians and a tourism industry that is second to none. Our heritage and our future can thrive together if we make the right choices.”

“The Coastal First Nations banned the grizzly trophy hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest four years ago. A provincial ban is long overdue to stop the needless killing of grizzly bears for sport. Grizzly bears are respected by many First Nations across the province. Bear claws, hides and teeth are not trophies,” said Doug Neasloss, Chief Councillor for the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais.

“The wildlife viewing industry is booming in this province, and creating good jobs from Vancouver to Stewart,” said Spencer Chandra Herbert, the B.C. New Democrat spokesperson for tourism, “Grizzlies are an iconic species and B.C.’s grizzlies can continue to attract visitors from all over the world if we make the right choices.”

Horgan added that his party had introduced legislation to ensure wildlife and habitat management has secure funding in the province – a bill supported by hunters and wildlife viewing companies, but rejected by the government.

“Wildlife, wildlife habitat, and the families, communities and economies that depend on them can’t wait any longer,” said Horgan, “Christy Clark won’t act, but I will.”

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