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Any bear hunting ban must apply to everyone
This shouldn't be a First Nations-only issue.
In an opinion poll commissioned by Coastal First Nations, apparently the majority of people in B.C. agree with banning bear hunting on the North Coast.
Fair enough, then ban all bear hunting. Ban bear hunting for everyone, everywhere.
To be certain, it is the thin edge of the wedge and after bear hunting what will be next? But for this hunter, who finds trophy hunting abhorrent, there is only one thing more abhorrent — racist Canadian hunting laws.
One's ability to harvest an animal for food — the only reason for hunting, otherwise take a camera — should not be predicated on the colour of one's skin or ancestry.
Whatever the decision, whether it's about a fishery or a species of animal, those rules should extend to everyone, not just a select few.
One can only wonder what the reaction would be if the current hunting and fishing regulations were reversed and First Nations were told that only Caucasians and Asiatic peoples were allowed to harvest a particular animal.
In Canada, there are three distinct classes considered in the regulation of our wildlife resources, and in this order: 1. First Nation; 2. Commercial; 3. Everybody else.
This is fundamentally racism. Different laws for different people based on race.
Let's be clear, trophy hunting for any species should be what is banned. If you kill it you better damn well eat it.
And most hunters agree.
"The attitudes of hunters included in the sample are especially interesting ... Ninety-five per cent of hunters agree that people should not be hunting if they are not prepared to eat what they kill," said McAllister Opinion Research president Angus McAllister.
I get what the Coastal First Nations are trying to accomplish and applaud them for their stance on trophy hunting. But be very clear of the slippery slope they are embarking on.
If they want a ban on all bear hunting, they need to be prepared to understand that means everybody — including First Nations.
TIP OF THE TUQUE
Congratulations to Kate Toye ($650), top adult, Maddy Angus ($140), top youth, and the Community Pouncil team ($1,100+) who took part on Sunday at the BCSPCA Paws for a Cause. Anna Terebka of the Prince Rupert branch said they beat their goal of $5,000 and that amount is still climbing.
And a special thanks to the Northern View team ($350).
Way to go Newshounds!