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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

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Kamloops This Week: BC Liberal MLA Plecas confirms that he threatened to quit party if Clark stayed leader & his Opposition to the Grizzly Trophy Hunt

By Kamloops This Week – August 4, 2017  http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/bc-liberal-mla-plecas-confirms-threatened-quit-party-clark-stayed-leader/

plecas-interview-640x352 Abbotsford-South MLA Darryl Plecas was asked to be speaker by representatives of the NDP and Green Party. Photo: Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News by Tyler Olsen/ Abbotsford News.

See Bolded Text below for MLA Darryl Plecas statement to Ban the Trophy Hunt of Grizzlies.

Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas confirmed Friday that he threatened to quit the BC Liberals in July if Christy Clark stayed on as leader. Plecas told The News that Clark and her leadership team’s “top-down, small-circle” style and unwillingness to make decisions that might cost the party votes prompted his ultimatum, which took place at caucus retreat in Penticton shortly before the Premier announced her resignation.

Plecas said that it was clear Clark had no intention of stepping down before he made his declaration in Penticton.
“I disagreed with the leadership, I wanted to see change and I wanted to make my point very forcefully because anyone who’s familiar with the history of the current leadership, there was no chance she was ever going to resign,” he said.
Plecas said he felt Clark and her political staff didn’t listen enough, weren’t willing to let politicians speak their minds, and should have used B.C.’s surpluses to address social concerns in the province.
Plecas was first elected to the provincial legislature in 2013. A prominent criminologist, Plecas was considered a star candidate when he first ran for office. But although he led a panel on crime reduction in 2014, Plecas was never appointed to cabinet, holding only a pair of lesser parliamentary secretary positions.
He said his inability to have his voice heard, rather than any desire to hold a cabinet position, was his chief frustration with his first term in office.
“People need to have the opportunity to say what they really think,” he said. “What is the point of having somebody represent a local area, if you can’t speak freely about what you think the concerns are in your area?”
Plecas said that without a leader and leadership staff willing to listen, “it’s going to be the same old top-down, everybody’s told what to do. I think that’s what concerns the average citizen when they say, ‘What difference does it make, nobody’s listening anyway.’ Well, there is some truth to that, and we need to get past that.”
In an extended interview with The News, Plecas spoke at length about the BC Liberal leadership he served under and suggested decisions were often made with political calculations front-of-mind.
“When people think of a leader, one of the things that comes to mind in politics is ‘We need someone who can win.’ Well, yeah, but for me that’s secondary to the right person, because … it’s not just about having the leader win, it’s about having people win in every one of their constituencies and doing the right thing. And that’s hard. You can do things for a political reason, or you can do things for the right reason, and you have to have a moral compass and a guide that says, you know, what’s most important is always trying to do the right thing. And that’s not always easy and that’s not realistic to expect somebody’s going to be able to do that every single time, but you definitely have to have that as your guidepost, and you definitely have to have a leader who expects just that from every other elected person in the party and the people who work.”
Having such a leader, he said, “is going to result in a very different kind of way of doing business.”
Asked if the previous leadership had that guidepost he referenced, Plecas said:
“Not for me they didn’t.”
Plecas said most voters want officials to govern and try to appeal to the entire swath of voters, rather than a party base.
“We pride ourselves in being a big tent, but operate like we’re in a pup tent,” he said. “If you want to appeal to people, what better way to go about it than to say, look, deep in our bones we’re going to try to accommodate every single interest and be truly mindful of issues across the board, rather than a sort-of very strict perspective on things.”

The interview wasn’t the first time recently Plecas has suggested in public that his party needs to head in a new direction. On election day, he told supporters that the BC Liberals needed to be more “humble” and had to find ways to help the less fortunate. He reiterated that Friday. “We have had a mindset that has not been especially helpful to the social side of things,” he said. “You can’t have $6 billion of surpluses and not be doing things for people in need. To me, that’s not a stretch to do that.”
He said that could have won more support, but that that’s not why decisions should be made.
“I don’t want it to sound like I’m saying that it’s all about winning and all about support because first and foremost I think anyone who’s elected to office has to say, ‘I’m here to do the right thing. That’s the very first thing. I’m here to be as open and truthful as possible. I’m here to examine issues in a very evidenced-based way.’”
He said individual biases and viewpoints will influence decisions, “but that’s a very different thing than saying, ‘We need to win, we need to be in government, we need to do whatever it takes to do that.’”
Plecas gave as an example the BC Liberals refusal to ban trophy hunting in the province.
“In my mind, trophy hunting is fundamentally wrong. Like, it is wrong to kill an innocent animal simply so you can put its head on the wall. So, I don’t need to hear about all the political ramifications for that. I say, OK, there’s a collection of people out there whose livelihoods are affected by that. For me the question becomes, OK, how do we do this in a manner that minimizes the negative impact on that.”
Asked if the political ramifications determined the policy, Plecas said, “Let me just say, we ended up not supporting a ban, and you know, Adam Olsen from the Greens has proposed a ban … Well I want to be able to stand up and say, you know what, I agree with Adam Olsen.
“I don’t believe for a minute that most of my constituents believe that it’s OK to shoot a bear just because you want to put its head on the wall. We’re not against hunting [for food], but when you start constructing a response that says there could be some political ramifications we could lose votes – because you could lose votes – then I’m saying, lose those votes, but do the right thing.”
He said he’s made his views known in the past both to colleagues and the leadership about his need to speak his mind but that, “Things being what they are, that doesn’t work

Read more: http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/bc-liberal-mla-plecas-confirms-threatened-quit-party-clark-stayed-leader/

 

Change.org Petition Update: Another Redneck Trophy Killer sponsored by Under Armour: Jessica Taylor Byers

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CBC: Future of B.C.’s grizzly trophy hunt uncertain as fall hunt approaches

grizzly-bear-near-bella-coolaA grizzly bear is seen fishing for salmon along the Atnarko river in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park near Bella Coola, B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4220550
NDP promised to end the controversial hunt, but few details on how and when the ban would be implemented  Roshini Nair – CBC News July 25, 2017

The NDP promised to end B.C.’s grizzly bear trophy hunt, but with the September hunt rapidly approaching there are few details to explain how or when that would happen.

B.C.’s grizzly bear trophy hunt allows both resident and non-resident hunters to purchase a licence to hunt a grizzly bear for sport according to a predetermined quota.

License cost varies according to whether the hunter is a B.C. resident ($80) or not ($1000). Non-residents are also required to employ a registered guide outfitter. The trophy hunt takes place in the spring and fall.

Last November, Premier John Horgan made a campaign promise he would end the controversial hunt, promising full protection for the “majestic animals.  “But with the hunt scheduled in September, the deadline to pass a ban is imminent.

Political flashpoint

The former Liberal government maintained the hunt has a positive economic impact — supporting local outfitters and tourist operations — and that the grizzly population is healthy enough to absorb the hunt.

Mark Werner, the vice-president of the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., said the hunt is an important part of the province’s heritage. “This country and this province [were] built on trapping, hunting and fishing,” he said. “We have a lot of heritage here. We have a lot of culture here.”

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Green MLA Backs Grizzly Trophy Hunt Ban & Says Party Policy Inadequate by Larry Pynn

Clayton Stoner

In 2013, National Hockey League defenseman Clayton Stoner ignored the wishes of local aboriginals and shot an adult male grizzly in the Kwatna River estuary. In 2016, Stoner was fined $10,000 under the Wildlife Act for hunting without a proper license and banned from hunting for three years. PROVINCE

A newly elected Green party MLA Adam Olsen said Friday he supports a ban on the grizzly trophy hunt and believes his party’s policy position doesn’t go far enough to end the widely unpopular activity.

“Trophy hunting of grizzlies is something that needs to be banned,” said Adam Olsen, a member of the Tsartlip First Nation on southern Vancouver Island and MLA for Saanich North and the Islands.“It’s important we deal with grizzly trophy hunting. We know that the vast majority of British Columbians are very uncomfortable with the trophy hunt. Whether you live in the cities or rural B.C., it’s been a concern.

“It’s an important issue, and speaks to our relationship with the environment around us.”

The NDP says it plans to ban the grizzly trophy hunt. One option the party has proposed is to make it a condition provincewide that grizzly hunters turn in the head and pelt of a grizzly — a way to end trophy kills, while leaving it open for someone to hunt one for the meat.

Please read full article and add your comment at:  http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/green-mla-backs-grizzly-trophy-hunt-ban-says-party-policy-inadequate

 

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.