If you saw the trophy hunt video this week, it will forever be burned into your mind. If you didn’t, you can see it below – or take our advice, and don’t watch it.
The video was filmed by at least two hunters, who laugh maniacally and gleefully mock a grizzly bear they shoot multiple times – without killing. They watch as, covered in blood, he desperately tries to escape, only to fall down a snowy embankment and lay forever still.
It went quickly viral after being posted by Wildlife Defence League, being picked up by national and international media outlets, wildlife advocacy groups, First Nations groups, and hunters.
Everyone who sees it – even those who support killing wildlife for a variety of reasons – is disgusted. It’s difficult to watch, let alone attempt to defend for political reasons. But the one person who hasn’t responded is the one person who most needs to see it: Premier Christy Clark.
From errors in population estimates to outright ignoring what a clear 80 per cent of voters want, the Clark government has relentlessly pursued and supported the trophy hunt in British Columbia. And the bears need your voice.
You can sign petitions (Change.org), write directly to Premier Christy Clark (contact info here), learn more about the politics behind the hunt (Vancouver Observer special report), and work with your local MLA to get your voice heard (find your MLA).
The bears need you. Will you answer their call?
GRAPHIC VIDEO: Please be advised that the video below is extremely graphic and will be upsetting to many who view it. Discretion is advised.
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