One African Lion killed caused a storm of outrage. What should the killing of 300 Grizzly bears cause?
It was not long after I wrote about Puma concolor, that we learn of the episode of Cecil, the Lion killed by the intrepid Dr Palmer.A lot has been written about this shameful event.I read in the Globe and Mail, July 31, the commentary of a Tony Keller.
I don't think anyone could write better chosen words than Mr Keller.I could only clap my hands.
Everyone who can read should make it their business to Google search, read and seriously consider the issue as presented by Mr. Keller..
storm came down on Dr Palmer. He was even faced with the possibility of extradition to Africa. His trial, if it happened, could have been a most serious outcome.[for him]
I have not lost sight of the "big picture". There are many "Dr Palmers".There
have been many "Cecils".
In British Columbia alone, a "Cecil" occurs every year.Repeated hundreds of times.Compared to the Palmer/Cecil incident,which caused a tsunami of outrage, this equally senseless killing doesn't seem to ripple the water.Legally
killed, by licensed hunters, in BC last year: About 300 grizzly bears. It is easier to find how many licenses were issued [1,600 for Grizzlies] than it is to get an exact number on how many were actually killed. Government websites like to
talk about how careful they are to prevent an excessive "harvest" of Grizzlies.
"Harvest?" We are talking about Corn?
The government of British Columbia has a "hunter recruitment" program, the goal being to register 100,000 resident hunters.
Given that 97,000 hunting licenses were sold last year, it looks like the target has been reached. There is a program to encourage teens to "take up the sport", if you can believe that.
Our Provincial government licenses trophy hunters, and likes to
call the annual kill an important part of wildlife "management".
Federal government,Provincial government, doesn't matter. They are all politicians, cut from the same cloth. Make legal an activity which you can license and pull in $12,000,000 revenue.
Take a stance to abolish an activity when you think that the balance of public opinion will side with you and gain your party some votes.
Humans do very good and very bad stuff. Killing wildlife just for the excitement is an activity that falls into
the very bad category. Guides and outfitters feed off this activity and governments endorse this most reprehensible of human behavours. Just in the past 50 years we humans are starting to make some progress with a few of our worst activities. We in British
Columbia still have considerable wilderness. We have not yet killed off everything just for the "rush" or because it seems to threaten us or cause inconvenience. Now is the time to show that we do have an intellect after all.