August 6, 2003, VANCOUVER - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) wants British Columbia to immediately establish numerous reserves where Grizzly Bears will be protected from hunting.
"We’re not asking for anything unreasonable," says HSC Western Regional Director Al Hickey. "After all, the recommendation to establishing no-kill zones to protect Grizzly Bears was made by an Independent Scientific Panel commissioned by British Columbia’s provincial government."
HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan says this is a good first step towards a phase out of all grizzly bear hunting in the province.
"Trophy hunting is a dysfunctional, brutal, and cowardly act," says O’Sullivan. "I feel contempt for anyone who can only feel good about themselves by killing an animal that is more magnificent than they could ever hope to be."
Every day, more and more people are turning away from the recreational slaughter of wildlife. Repeated government surveys have shown that less than 5% of Canadians hunt wildlife, and over 95% of Canadians believe in the protection, and not the slaughter of wildlife.
"When someone destroys a work of man, we call him a vandal. When someone destroys a work of God and nature, we call him a sportsman. What a pathetic state of affairs," says O’Sullivan.
Protecting wildlife from hunters also makes good business sense: "Studies show that Grizzly Bears are worth considerably more alive than dead," says O’Sullivan. "Ecotourism brings in a lot more money than is generated by rich foreigners who pay outfitters to make it easy for them to murder these majestic animals."
Rich hunters come from the European Union to slaughter bears, because they have already wiped out much of their own wildlife says The Humane Society of Canada. The European Union also has serious concerns about British Columbia’s handling of Grizzly Bears and will suspend the trade in Grizzly Bear hunting trophies unless British Columbia establishes hunt-free Grizzly Bear protection reserves.
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[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.
A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]
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