After a stressful season in BC politics, the NDP government has stepped into the office and taken charge of British Columbia’s government. They’re off to a pretty good start, having announced the ban of grizzly bear trophy hunting.
“By bringing trophy hunting of grizzlies to an end, we’re delivering on our commitment to British Columbians,” said Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson. “This action is supported by the vast majority of people across our province.”
Approximately 250 grizzly bears are killed by hunters every year in this Canadian province alone. Donaldson believes that that is a “sustainable” number, considering the province’s total grizzly bear population of 15,000; however, the public believes otherwise.
“It’s not a matter of numbers, it’s a matter of society has come to the point in BC where they are no longer in favour of the grizzly bear trophy hunt.”
The ban will also affect a protected region known as the Great Bear Rainforest. However, hunting for meat will still be allowed outside of that particular region.
According to CBC News, “When asked how hunting would be policed, Donaldson said the exact regulations would be determined following consultations with guide-outfitters and others between now and Nov. 30.”
“There’s not going to be any loopholes,” Donaldson said.
“Hunters will no longer be able to possess the hide or the head or the paws of the grizzly bear.”
The ban will be effective as of November 30, 2017. Many environmentalists and animal activists applaud the new government for their righteous act; however, it’s hard to believe how much it’s going to help the grizzly bear population if hunting for meat is still allowed. After all, excuses are still used.