Thursday, February 11, 2016

Help tp Stop Killing Bears and Stop all bear Abuse and neglect!

End the Transport of Canadian Animal Hunting 'Trophies'.
Air Canada and WestJet have banned the transport of big game out of Africa, but continue to allow the transport of Canadian animal ‘trophies’, such as black bears, grizzly bears, polar bears and wolves.

Sign and share this petition to tell Air Canada and WestJet they should be taking a stand against trophy hunting in their own backyard.

On August 4, Air Canada and WestJet banned the shipment of big game trophies after the brutal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe in early July drew international attention and sparked a media outcry.

What about in our own backyard?

British Columbia is one of the last refuges of the grizzly bear, which once roamed widely across North America. Though listed as a species of special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, the province still allows a Limited Entry Hunt for grizzly bear trophy hunters twice a year.

Despite a recognized need for protection, independent biologists indicate B.C.'s grizzly population has fallen from 35,000 bears in 1915 to as low as 6,000 today. Still, trophy hunters shoot between 300 and 400 grizzlies each year, and Air Canada and West Jet kindly ship the trophies home.

In 2004, the European Union banned imports of all B.C. grizzly parts into member countries after its analysis found the BC grizzly bear hunt to be unsustainable.

A recent study by the Centre for Responsible Travel finds bear viewing in B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest generates far more economic value than bear hunting. According to this study, visitors spent 12 times more on bear viewing than on bear hunting in British Columbia.

Ironically, the very businesses that benefit from tourist travel are undermining it!

Beyond the evidence, 90% of British Columbians simply do not support the trophy hunt including all Coastal First Nations.

In the absence of provincial leadership, we are all doing what we can to stop the trophy hunt. It’s time for Air Canada and West Jet to do their part at home.

Join us in:

a) acknowledging Air Canada CEO, Calin Rovinescu and WestJet CEO, Gregg Saretsky for taking these important first steps to oppose the trophy hunt; and

b) calling on them to take a stand against this brutal and inhumane ‘sport’ in their own backyard by refusing to transport grizzly, black bears, and wolves from their natural habitat.

Until the provincial government of British Columbia bans trophy hunting, it’s up to us to make it as difficult as possible.

Please sign and share this message to help #banthetrophy hunt, one step at a time.

Saving Hundreds of Bears and Ending a Tradition of Cruelty. For hundreds of years, sloth bears were taken from the wild in India and forced into a life of submission and cruelty as "dancing bears." The sight of these poor animals, performing alongside busy highways, painfully dragged around by a coarse rope strung through their snouts, was a heartbreaking one.

Event is Today!

A dancing bear, before and after rescue:
But no one had the guts to tackle the issue head-on... until our founders decided that enough was enough, and that they were going to end this cruel tradition forever. What happened next became one of the world's most successful and inspiring wildlife conservation campaigns.

Join us live online this Thursday, February 11th, as the co-founders of Wildlife SOS tell the story of how they ignored the naysayers, saved hundreds of bears, and brought an end to this barbaric practice.

The presentation and Q&A will be conducted in English, and you can participate from almost anywhere in the world.

Registration is free, but space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

Click here to register.

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