Why Trophy Hunters Are Livid with Canada Right Now

Published by Zachary Toliver.

After 16 years of efforts to institute a ban, British Columbia’s infamous grizzly trophy hunt has now come to an end, as the Canadian province has finally outlawed the blood sport.

“By bringing trophy hunting of grizzlies to an end, we’re delivering on our commitment to British Columbians,” Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson said in a media release. “This action is supported by the vast majority of people across our province.”

Starting on November 30 (after one last sadistic “bear season”), hunters will no longer be able to get their kicks from slaughtering grizzly bears in British Columbia. Donaldson noted that the government owes it to past and future generations to preserve the unique grizzly bear habitat in the province.

While the new ban will prohibit the possession of bear paws, heads, and skin, unfortunately, hunting grizzly bears to eat their flesh will still be allowed. However, hunting them in the Great Bear Rainforest will be completely forbidden.

Over a decade and a half ago, Gordon Campbell, then the province’s premier, reinstated grizzly bear trophy hunting, and since then, roughly 4,000 bears have been senselessly killed. An estimated 15,000 grizzly bears live in British Columbia.

Posing With Bloody, Lifeless Bodies

Slaying bears in B.C. came under fire when NHL player Clayton Stoner illegally killed Cheeky—a beloved grizzly bear who was known to locals for his endearing habit of sticking his tongue out at humans.

After Stoner killed Cheeky, he beheaded him, skinned him, posed grinning beside his corpse, and then allegedly left his remains to rot.

Hunting Is Killing for Fun, Plain and Simple

Hunters kill millions of animals every year and have contributed to the extinction of species all over the world. It’s common for animals to be injured but not killed by hunters, escaping only to die slowly and painfully from blood loss or starvation. Cecil the lion, for example, was shot with a steel arrow and left to suffer for over 40 hours before he was finally killed.

Help Us End Trophy Hunting

Despite the international outrage against trophy hunting, UPS refuses to stop shipping the heads, feet, skins, and other body parts of slaughtered wild animals. Animals will continue to be senselessly killed until companies refuse to ship their dead bodies.

More than 40 airlines have banned the shipment of these grisly trophies, and PETA is calling on UPS to join them. Add your voice to ours:

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