FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 18, 2017
Sierra Club BC release the following statement from climate and conservation campaigner Mark Worthing:
“Sierra Club BC applauds today’s announcement by the B.C. government of the immediate end of the grizzly bear hunt in British Columbia.
“It is very heartwarming to see the B.C. government move to end the killing of such magnificent animals. I have seen firsthand the horror of this archaic hunt and the negative impacts on local economies. This turn towards a more respectful and economically savvy policy is a welcome step in the right direction.
“Making sure First Nations have the flexibility to practice their culture and relationship to the land is a critical component for long term success of this shift in management.
“We are pleased that the B.C. government listened to the majority of British Columbians who wanted the hunt end completely, including the meat hunt, which would have created an uncontrollable loophole for hunters pursuing trophies.
“We look forward to helping governments and communities take the next steps in responsible management: critical habitat protection, landscape level conservation, compliance and enforcement, and developing culturally relevant bear-viewing economies.”
Climate and Conservation Campaigner