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Ontario Should Ban the Cruel Spring Bear Hunt

Animal Justice February 13, 2020

The Government of Ontario is proposing to permanently bring back the spring bear hunt – a reckless move opposed by a range of conservation and animal protection groups across the province. Through its Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) posting, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is accepting comments from the public until February 18,… Read more » Animal Justice

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B.C. Wants to Let Hunters Chase Terrified Cougars With Dogs

Animal Justice January 17, 2018

British Columbia was in the news late last year for the incredible move to ban grizzly bear hunting province-wide. But the province is still no paradise for other animals. The B.C. government is quietly preparing to weaken a long list of hunting and trapping regulations, leaving cougars, wolves, black bears, and other wild animals exposed to hunters’ bullets and the cruel snap of a fur trap.

B.C. officials may hope that compassionate people will be too distracted by the grizzly hunting ban to notice that many other animals will suffer and die as a result of these disturbing regulatory changes. Not on our watch. Animal Justice has compiled a list of the regulations that are set to be gutted, and now you have an opportunity to comment on them before January 19.

Here’s a list of the disturbing changes:

  • Extending the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island, even though officials acknowledge they do not have solid evidence to indicate the health of wolf populations.
  • Allowing hunters to chase cougars with dogs in the Okanagan Region after they have reached their cougar bag limit. The stated rationale for this is to allow hunters to train and exercise hunting dogs.
  • Doubling the number of cougars who can be gunned down in the Peace Region, from one to two.
  • Extending the spring black bear hunt in the Peace Region by two extra weeks.
  • Allowing increased, year-round deer hunting on some parts of Vancouver Island, as well as increased elk hunting.
  • Expanding turkey hunting on Vancouver Island and the Kootenay Region.
  • Allowing hunting, without a permit, on Mayne Island.
  • Extending the season for killing elk near Kamloops—from 10 days to 50 days.
  • Allowing hunting in Silver Star Provincial Park, north of Kelowna. Currently, no hunting is permitted in the park.
  • Extending the deer hunting on Saltspring and Gabriola Islands, from 10 days to 90 days.
  • Creating a new mountain goat hunting season near Sleeping Chief Mountain.
  • Removing a hunting ban on certain public lands in the Peace Region.
  • Creating a new elk hunting season near Lower Cowichan.
  • Allowing rocky mountain elk hunting in the Skeena Region.
  • Allowing mountain elk hunting in the Perkins Peak and Cherry Creek areas.
  • Expanding bighorn sheep hunting around Taseko Lakes.
  • Allowing snowmobiles and ATVs to be used to hunt cougars, bears, and wolves in South Chilcotin.
  • Allowing mountain goat hunting near Nahatlach River Provincial Park.

The government is accepting comments on the proposals until January 19. Here’s how to have your say:

  1. Visit the Hunting/Trapping Regulation website, and select “Login” at the top to register for your own BCeID account. (Tip: Choose the Basic BCeID option.)
  2. Follow the links above to leave your comments on the proposed new regulations. Let the government know that you oppose increased hunting and trapping, hunting in provincial parks, and harassing cougars with dogs.
  3. Email your B.C. MLA and politely ask them to speak up against increased hunting and harassment of wild animals.

When the B.C. government ended the grizzly bear hunt, they stated that gunning down innocent grizzlies was no longer socially acceptable. We agree. It’s also not socially acceptable to kill and chase cougars; trap wolves; allow a spring bear hunt; gun down goats, elks, turkeys, and sheep; and hunt in provincial parks. Please take action before it’s too late to protect these vulnerable animals from a brutal death at the hands of hunters and trappers.

 

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AJCLF Launches Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Animals

Animal Justice November 18, 2014

Sign the CharterAnimal Justice Canada Legislative Fund (AJCLF) today launched a new national campaign to have basic rights for animals enshrined into Canadian law through the Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Animal Charter would ensure animals are treated as sentient beings instead of mere property, would guarantee the rights and freedoms that make life worth living, and give all animals a chance to have their interests represented in court.

“This is an idea whose time has come. We know that animals experience pain and joy just like we do, and now it’s time for our laws to catch up to society,” said Nick Wright, Executive Director. “Animals deserve rights and freedoms, and they deserve to have their voices heard in courts throughout the country, much like corporations and trusts already do. Animal Justice is calling on Canadian lawmakers to enact the Animal Charter and help improve the lives of millions of animals.”

Although opinion polls consistently show that Canadians care deeply about animal welfare, the law affords inadequate protection to animals. From our pet dogs, to captive orcas, to pigs kept on factory farms, legal protections for animals are often weak, and animals don’t have the right to see their interests represented in court. The Animal Charter would bridge the large gap between Canadians’ expectations of how animals should be treated and the reality of what they are currently forced to lawfully endure.

The Animal Charter is premised on the recognition that animals experience suffering and pleasure in a way that is not biologically distinguishable from that of humans; that discrimination on the basis of arbitrary characteristics—like species—is a violation of equity, natural justice and the rule of law; and that our legal system must not exclude the most vulnerable members of society.

The Animal Charter can be viewed and signed at AnimalJustice.ca/Charter.

Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund is a federally incorporated not-for-profit dedicated to advocating for the humane treatment of animals.

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