In the unveiling of Premier John Horgan’s new #NDP
cabinet last week, B.C. saw some progressive change as Melanie Mark became the
first First Nations’ woman to serve in the Cabinet of British Columbia, named Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. We also saw George Heyman, a strong advocate on environmental issues, appointed as the new Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
This may finally make for some good news for #grizzly
bears and their future in B.C. “One of our early platform commitments was to end the trophy hunt of grizzly bears,” Heyman said in an interview to the Vancouver Sun. “It is still fully our intention to end the trophy hunt.” A newly elected Green party MLA and member of the #Tsartlip
First Nation, Adam Olsen, stepped into his role with an immediate focus to #stopthetrophyhunt
. “It’s important we deal with grizzly trophy hunting. We know that the vast majority of British Columbians are very uncomfortable with the trophy hunt. Whether you live in the cities or rural B.C., it’s been a concern,” Olsen said to local media. It "speaks to our relationship with the environment around us."
While we are seeing promises to the first change in government wildlife policy in close to two decades, B.C. grizzlies have endured trophy hunting for the same lengthy time. Unless we see immediate policy change, the Fall hunt will move forward and more animals will be slaughtered for sport. The Fall hunt begins this August 15th and doesn’t end until November 30th, 2017. Many grizzlies will likely be killed within B.C.'s renowned provincial parks and protected areas, where trophy hunting is legal.
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