B.C.’s Coastal First Nations are hailing a promise by the B.C. NDP to ban the grizzly bear hunt if elected.
Kitasoo Xai Xai’s elected chief Doug Neasloss says the hunt isn’t just unethical, it’s bad business.
“If you look at the value of tourism, just in the Great Bear Rainforest, there was a study that was done and it brings in 15.2 million dollars compared to the hunting, which brings in 1.1 million. And that’s both trophy and resident. And the provincial government actually spends more money managing that hunt than they actually make on the hunt,” he says.
Neasloss says the majority of British Columbians have been clear in supporting a ban on trophy hunting.
He also says the key issue is killing for sport, and wasting the rest of the animal.
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“Most resident hunters are sustenance hunters. You know, I think most of them support the idea of shooting and eating and feeding their families. We’ve always respected that, especially as First Nations people, that’s what we do. We still hunt and fish.”
B.C.’s Guide Outfitters Association maintains that the hunt sustainably manages the population.
The Coastal First Nations have banned trophy hunting in their own territory since 2012.