~ BOQUETS ~
Pulling together a rally is no small feat. We accomplished what we set out to do, which was to mark the first day of the BC grizzly hunt, at the Legislature where political power is concentrated, and to contribute to the groundswell of action that will engage public awareness and political will to end the killing of BC Grizzy Bears. My very sincere thanks to the following people:
Kelly Carson (Victoria) ~ for signage, poster dispersal, facebook advertising and ongoing moral support which is priceless.
Keith Dunn (Vancouver) ~ for visual wizardry with logos and grizzly video for the rally, assembly of speaker clips after the rally and willingness to do any visual support, any time.
Jim Lawrence (Kaslo) ~ for his willingness to share his portraiture of grizzlies, which in themselves carry the clear, primary message that these bears are unique individuals within a distinctive culture; not random numbers in a resource group.
Jordan Reichert (Victoria) ~ for designing an eye-catching poster that caught public attention.
Derek Young (Victoria) ~ for organizing and renting the tent and technical equipment; for following up on everything he committed to do and helping to make this rally such a professional event.
To my son, who filmed the event, and to my husband who took care of all manner of general assembly tasks – thank you!
A number of organizations supported and publicized the event, including Wilderness Committee (who brought Big Bear to the rally), Sierra Club, Wildlife Defense League, Fur-bearer Defenders, Raincoast Conservation and Wuikinuxv Nation and Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation/Spirit Bear Research (grizzly research film footage), Animal Alliance of Canada, Bear with US Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre for Bears, Animal Protection Party of Canada and Humane Society International/Canada. Thanks also to the Legislature staff who were most helpful on site. Forgive me if I have left anyone out – thank you!
Speakers at the Rally for BC Grizzlies
January 18 2017
Launch of the Justice for BC Grizzlies survey to BC political candidates
Launch of the Thunderclap social media campaign
November 20 2016
Working group meeting in Vancouver
November 7 2016
Launch of Lush Cosmetics documentary TROPHY – in Vancouver
October 20 2016
Presentation to the Grizzly Bear Foundation
October 14 2016
Val Murray, Radio interview on Animal Voices: Vancouver Co-op Radio, CFRO, 100.5 FM. To listen to the program, titled “Trophy Hunting Across the Globe CLICK HERE
September 28 2016
Presentation to the Auditor General’s office
September 13 2016
Press Conference, with guest of honour CHARLIE RUSSELL
Across the street from the Sylvia Hotel, 1154 Gilford St. Vancouver, B.C.
The conference was held across the street from the hotel, at English Bay, from 10-11 A.M. Speakers included Val Murray, Barb Murray and Charlie Russell. Charlie is a foremost authority on the true nature of Grizzly Bears. He has lived with and studied grizzlies in Canada, Alaska and Russia. His experience compels us to understand the deep nature of these bears; and to treat them with respect and an ethic of care.
Charlie Russell and Grizzly friend – Communing
Speakers at the September 13/16 Press Conference in Vancouver:
“https://www.youtube.com/embed/nP0mZLu_318?rel=0” (Val Murray, Co-founder)
“https://www.youtube.com/embed/EmPxbI2yDGw?rel=0” (Charlie Russell, Guest)
“https://www.youtube.com/embed/bO780xwRTzM?rel=0” (Barb Murray, Co-founder)
“https://www.youtube.com/embed/UmSsK02IFjA?rel=0” (George Rammell, Speaker)
August 17 2016
CBC Almanac interview, by Chris Walker
Grizzly Bear Hunting – transcript notes
Val Murray (Justice for BC Grizzlies)
Kyle Artelle (Raincoast Conservation Foundation)
Jessie Zeman (BC Wildlife Federation)
Val: Justice forBC Grizzlies is a grassroots movement; want grizzly hunt to be an election issue; galvanizing voters; social consciousness in the province has changed; grizzlies are threatened or extirpated to the East and South of BC and threatened in S. BC; where populations are healthy is their last stand as they move farther north and out of the way of encroaching human activity; the one thing that can be removed from all factors that threaten them is hunting them; want grizzly killing to end, forever.
Kyle: Populations have retracted to Northwest and same patterns being seen in BC as they move away from central, populated areas; more BC grizzlies are gaining threatened status but none gaining increase; very little certainty as to actual numbers, with little monitoring on the ground
Jessie: Aware that bear populations are threatened due to habitat fragmentation, sockeye reduction, huckleberry and blackberry repression, landscape changes; population units closely watched for low threshold and not hunted when threshold low; hunters put up their hands to pay license fees and tags back into the resource; $200,000 per year direct to grizzly research and conservation; more into grizzly inventory than any other jurisdiction in N. America and a direct result of hunter dollars
Page (caller): guide outfitter; government going good job; sees steady increase in grizzly populations especially in past 5 years; hunters value wildlife more than most people; not morally wrong because it is part of history and heritage; eats both grizzly and black bear and pack it out even though not required to do so; its his passion and livelihood
Kyle: Population increase is moderate where it happens; expert opinion and “seeing” more bears could be the result of a food crash and bears congregating to better range
Ronda (caller): against killing BC grizzlies; from a hunting family who hunted their own meat; pack it out not being watched, with few COs; don’t believe hunters eat bear meat; bears are sentient beings; animals on the move means a problem – they’re escaping and seeing more animals that weren’t there before often indicates a decline in population; hunters reporting more bears is self-interest
Jessie: grizzly and black bear make good ham, sausage, pepperoni, eat and enjoy both as interior bears feed on berries; habitat pressures need a mature conversation
Jeff (caller): Ban the hunt where First Nations have bear viewing operations and need the income; destruction of habitat and salmon stock the problem; don’t focus on the legal hunt
Kyle: Majority of bear deaths are at the hands of legal hunt; salmon stock collapse is an additional stress that compounds their mortality
Brian (caller): tour operator and early bear viewing advocate; conversations always begin with assumptions about populations but these haven’t been passed through an ethical lens; First Nations consider bears their ancestors; all hunters he’s talked to say they don’t eat bear meat; those organizations that claim they will pack it out because they eat bear meat are the very same ones who previously said they shouldn’t have to pack it out because they didn’t eat the meat
Nikita(caller): bear viewing tourism is as harmful in the Great Bear as ferries going up and down the coastal waters; the point about it being 2016, well, all the rest should be referred to First Nations opinion
Kyle: Question about the bear hunt needs to be answered as citizens, not by scientists; much of BC is unceded territory and need meaningful engagement with First Nations; there is confusion about this being a science-based hunt – science tells us how the world might work but not what it should do and this issue is for ethics to decide and put to citizens, not scientists
Jim (caller): all grizzly hunt south of the trans-canada should be closed as there are white grizzlies in the central part of the province and government should be studying their genetics
Peter (caller): bear hunt should be completely shut down; it’s not eaten; just catering to Americans who do things like recent spearing; it’s all about the hunters and not the animals; there is more money made showing than killing
Jessie: What everyone wants is to ensure a viable Grizzly Bear population on the ground; monitor resource extraction issues to their habitat as well as highway and rail mortality; they are not dying primarily due to the legal hunt; it’s an old model used to determine harvest rates and the grizzly population could actually sustain higher harvest rates
Kyle: the majority of kills are at the hands of hunters and this is from government own website; harvest limits are not sustainable; what we should tell our children is pay attention to the science, cut through the rhetoric and protect grizzly habitat.
August 9 2016
Citizen’s meeting in Victoria, BC