Not only does 91 per cent of British Columbia oppose trophy hunting, but those in typically pro-hunting jurisdictions oppose it just as strongly as those in cities. The oft-lauded city versus rural divide on such issues is now officially myth following the release of polling data by our friends at Insights West.
In an article published by the Globe and Mail, Insights West vice-president Mario Canseco noted that the so-called “controversy” over the grizzly trophy hunt is entirely fictitious.
“There is no controversy,” Canseco said. “There is a minuscule number of residents who are in favour of this practice, both in British Columbia and Alberta. It was important to look at this within the context of other issues related to animals…trophy hunting is thoroughly despised throughout the province.”
The polling actually indicated that opposition to trophy hunting increased outside of Metro Vancouver, even further burying the notion that governments are responding to those in rural regions of the province.
The Insights West survey also asked respondents how they felt about killing animals for their fur (another allegedly controversial subject). The response was clear: 81 per cent in BC and 75 per cent in Alberta oppose the practice.
Though politicians enjoy pointing to the economic benefits of killing trapping and fur farming, or the notorious trophy hunting of grizzlies, it is obvious that the vast majority of residents oppose them; further, there is growing evidence that economic alternatives exist, and are even stronger in sustainable value than their lethal counterparts.
This poll confirms what all of us have known for a long time: regardless of where we live, we want the government to end the trophy hunt.
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