Help stop grizzly trophy hunting

Sandra Lynch, in her letter to the editor, says trophy hunting must be stopped.

Editor:

The killing season is here — the grizzly bear trophy hunt.

There are two sides to this ongoing battle — those who take part in the hunt and those who could not imagine killing something so magnificent and thereby pay tribute by wanting it to live to see, and be seen, another day.

What side are you on? For me it is and always will be the side that speaks against, petitions and rallies to stop this horrific fall custom.

A media outlet said Scott Ellis, executive director for the Guide Outfitters Association, “doesn’t know the difference between sport and trophy hunting.” Are we really expected to believe him, a man who holds such a high position within the association?

But in case it is true I will cite right from Webster’s dictionary. Sport — a pastime requiring skill and physical exertion. Clearly sitting in a boat and shooting grizzlies as they graze on sedge at the edge of the water requires neither skill, nor physical exertion. It is simply a trophy hunt.

And if that is still not clear enough, biologists have proven since coastal grizzlies’ diet consists largely of salmon. Their meat does not taste good leaving them undesirable as a food source. So if they are not killed for consumptive purposes you are left with only one other use — to decorate a wall or floor.

We live in a beautiful province that can still brag about its diverse wildlife and wild places, which generates millions of eco-tourism dollars annually. But as long as government allows this hunt to continue that is in jeopardy. In my lifetime I have seen abundant species of wildlife simply diminish and in some cases completely disappear. It is a loss for the human race when Mother Earth’s creatures are hunted to near extinction, and if it were not for some First Nations’ communities on the coast, Pacific Wild and BC Coastal Bear and Wolf Patrol, who are on the frontline with their tirelessly effort opposing this barbaric hunt, this story might have the same ending as the Plains buffalo.

The time is here. The hour is upon us to have our voice heard and heard loud. Stop trophy hunting once and for all. Do not allow money or self-centred elitists to steer the course yours and my wildlife will take.

Sandra Lynch

Williams Lake

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