After the AG report: Yes, the grizzly hunt must end!

In her audit of Grizzly Bear management, Carol Bellringer (BC Auditor General) received many comments of concern over the grizzly hunt.  In response, she stated that “The hunt is a policy decision and under the Auditor General Act, my office does not comment on the merits of policy.” (www.bcauditor.com).  Unfortunately, she then went on to…

45 signators call for an end to all Grizzly Bear killing, province-wide in B.C.!

OPEN LETTER TO THE BC GOVERNMENT OPPOSING THE GRIZZLY BEAR “MEAT HUNT”   October 14 2017 We, the undersigned 45 environmental and animal welfare organzations, wildlife-based businesses, and independent activists, are pleased that the current BC government is committed to end the trophy hunt of grizzly bears. However we strongly oppose the government’s plans to…

Ban trophy hunting of BC Grizzly Bears!

To: Minister Doug Donaldson From: Justice for BC Grizzlies cc: Premier John Horgan Minister George Heyman Fish and Wildlife Branch Subject Policy changes to the BC Grizzly Bear hunt JUSTICE FOR BC GRIZZLIES BACKGROUND Justice for BC Grizzlies is a grassroots organization dedicated to education about, and advocacy for, BC Grizzly Bears.  The Advisory Council…

Grizzly Culture

Animals are not property or “things” but rather living organisms, subjects of a life, who are worthy of our compassion, respect, friendship, and support.                                                             ~…

An open letter of opposition to the independent wildlife agency proposal

OPEN LETTER TO ALL BC MLAs CONCERNING A PLAN TO TURN THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR WILDLIFE OVER TO A NON-GOVERNMENT AGENCY June 27 2017 On March 22, 2017, the BC government announced a decision to transfer wildlife management from the provincial government to a separate agency funded by sales of hunting licences and potentially donations…

Cover letter and proposal regarding an ecosystem-based approach to the management of natural living resources in British Columbia

THE COVER LETTER Hon. Steve Thomson Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations PO BOX 9049 STN PROV GOVT Victoria, BC, V8W 9E2 By e-mail: FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca 20 June 2017 Dear Minister Thomson Re: Proposal for an alternative approach to wildlife management The BC Liberal government announced in April 2017, just prior to the provincial…

The Right Thing to Do

Killing wild animals for sport and trophy display was popularized in the mid 1800s by predominantly male hunters.  It glamorized killing as a way to demonstrate virility, dominance and prowess.  Things have changed since 1850.  For one thing, we know a great deal more about the intelligence and emotional life of Grizzly Bears.  They experience…

THE FACE OF BC GRIZZLIES

How do you describe the face of a Grizzly Bear?  It’s an impossible question.  Here’s why: The face of a Grizzly Bear is – all of the above.  And more ….. in the moment ….. Photo credits with thanks to: Bob Benvenuti, Charlie Russell, Jamie Scott,  Jim Lawrence (kootenayreflections.com), John E. Marriott (wildernessprints.com), Steve Williamson…

PARADIGM SHIFT

Is there a future for B.C. Grizzly Bears? “As a paradigm shift in thinking, feeling and acting … we must be bold, proactive, positive, passionate and persistent.” ~ Marc Bekoff 2015 ~ Teetering on the edge of provincial politics, economy, ecology and ethics, the B.C. grizzly hunt holds a mirror to British Columbians’ values. Retiring…