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The SayZu Communications Experiment Brought a unique reach of 412,197 twitter feeds to SAVEBCBEARS Rally!

 

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The power of social media is just beginning to show up in grasssroots rallies like those held yesterday by the organizers of the ‘Save BC Bears’ Rally in Victoria.  The rally organizers and participants may have packed off home to get dry and warm but the story doesn’t end with the over 200 people who attended and signed on to a hard copy letter to Premier Clark. It is just the beginning. The ripple effect continues to be felt online and Canadians are still tweeting and texting to the SayZu Cloud until midnight tonight.  The media, government offices of the Premier, and social media is still feeling the afterglow of yesterday’s rally with real time messages being sent from across BC and Canada. Take a look at some of the images from SayZu ‘snap shots’ sent to me by an expert in this new technology.  It is both a fascinating and powerful tool to discover and experiment with as we go forward as ‘grassroot’ conservationists.

  See you at the next Rally to help the Bears or on the next Cloud or both!

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CBC Article, Bear Trophy Hunt Opposed at B.C. Legislature Rally

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bear-trophy-hunt-opposed-at-b-c-legislature-rally-1.2538895 - included is Video Clip of Vicky Husband on this issue.

Bears Matter Note-205 letters were signed at Rally -well over 200 attended Rally in the wind and rain…well done!

Dozens gathered at the B.C. legislature Saturday afternoon for a ‘Save B.C. Bears’ rally following a Facebook campaign that organizers say has garnered more than 100 thousand views.

Event organizer Chelsea Turner says she wants to focus attention on the trophy hunt.’”Do we want our province to be branded as a place to shoot iconic species?- event organizer Chelsea Turner

“This is an issue that really engages people,” Turner said.  “It’s something people want to talk about.” 

Turner, who has been advocating for and filming bears since the age of 14, says the vast majority of British Columbians are opposed to hunting them for trophies.

“When the government doesn’t reflect that, it’s a travesty,” she said. “Do we want our province to be branded as the best place on earth’ or as a place to shoot iconic species?”

Save the bearsResearchers say grizzly bears are over hunted in B.C. Kill rates are too high and populations estimates too low.

Turner says the vast majority of tourists come here to see live bears, not hunt them. 

Order of B.C. recipient and long time environmentalist Vicky Husband says the moratorium on grizzly bear hunting that was removed by the Liberal government should be re-instated. 

“The government should be listening to the public.  We do not want to see these bears killed, said Husband.  This is not sport and this is not for food.  The buck stops with Christy Clark and if she’s not listening to the 90 percent of British Columbians who want it banned, who is she listening to?”

B.C. Fish and Wildlife Director Andrew Wilson, said recently in response to these concerns, he’s confident in how grizzly bears are managed and the government’s own analysis, based on the best available science,  supports how government is managing the grizzly bear hunt..

 

 

 

On Feb 15th A Communications Experiment: Tell the Premier Why You Oppose Killing Bears for Trophies

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Dear Friends,

 It’s not just you.  And, it’s not just conservation groups, not just scientists, and not just First Nations.  

Last summer, public reaction to NHL hockey player Clayton Stoner’s grizzly-head “selfie” made it abundantly clear that British Columbians, including most hunters, are offended by the killing of bears for trophies. Perhaps Clayton’s gruesome conduct reminded us of some terrible criminal act; or maybe we just don’t like people killing animals they aren’t going to eat. But apparently, the BC public don’t think it’s very cool to kill and decapitate a bear just for trophy.  

In fact, according to pollsters, nearly 90 percent of the BC public consider the killing of bears for trophies to be unethical and wrong, and they want it to stop.  Even BC’s leading newspapers are calling on the BC government to end to BC’s trophy hunt for grizzly and black bears.

 And yet, last month the BC government announced that it had decided to expand the trophy hunt for BC bears, starting 10 weeks from now, on April 1st, 2014.  

Evidently, Premier Christy Clark and her advisors are not getting the message.  

 We would therefore like to try something new, a bit of an EXPERIMENT. 

 THE EXPERIMENT: 

On Saturday, February 15th after 2pm until Sunday at Midnight, we invite Canadians to use mobile device to complete one or all three of the tasks below:

 1.  TEXT 39-39-39 with the keyword MYVOTE + your message to the Premier saying why BC needs to stop killing bears for trophies (no extra costs, repeat as often as you like)

2. TWEET your above message to the Premier @CHRISTYCLARKBC using the hashtag #NOTROPHYHUNT (repeat at will)

3.  Visit and share the real-time animated word cloud of TEXT and TWITTER messages: 

      LIVE LINK TO REAL-TIME MESSAGES:  http://j.mp/NoTrophyHunt2014

 (PS.  If you are somewhat tech savvy, we can share a javascript embed code that you can copy and paste into your blog or website.)

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NEW SaveBCBears Facebook Page and Rally Event Feb 15, 2014

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Dear Friends,

A New Facebook page has been launched for an event in Victoria called “Save BC Bears”. Please help spread the word by face to face, by email, by Facebook – whatever works. (Go to – www.facebook.com/SaveBCBears)

“Save BC Bears” is a public demonstration to end trophy hunting in B.C. 

Trophy hunting is not subsistence hunting. It is killing for sport, then cutting off a body part or taking the fur and for a photo op. After 13 years of peace, bears in two regions of the Cariboo could once again be targets of the trophy hunt this spring, if the govt proposals goes thru?.  And after only 2 short years of closure 2 regions of the Kootenay’s are also proposed to be re-opened?  Even though a recent study shows that grizzly bear kills have exceeded the government’s limits in all areas of the province – up to 171% in some areas. Scientists are calling for a halt to the hunt, given these shocking revelations, but the government is turning a blind eye.

Save BC Bears is not alone in thinking that this senseless sport killing is unethical, and that it is crazy for the government to ignore the best science available. In fact, a 2013 survey found that 90% of British Columbians are against trophy hunting. Furthermore, BC Coastal First Nations have united in declaring a ban on trophy hunting in their traditional territories. (A ban that the BC government refuses to honour.)

Please join us in telling BC’s elected representatives that the trophy hunt must be stopped.On Saturday, February 15th there will be a demonstration on the steps of the Parliament Buildings in Victoria. It will kick off at 2 P.M.

There will be expert speakers, and a team of volunteers collecting signatures for letters to Minister Steve Thomson (the Minister responsible for hunting regulations in BC).

This is an event that Save the Bears group is organizing, and pouring much personal time, resources and heart into. The more people who are present, the stronger our message is.

Please come and join us if you can, and please forward this message on to as many friends as possible!