Concern over sled dogs should include all animals

As long as trophy hunts still exist, the province’s stance is hypocritical
By Chris Genovali, Times Colonist February 5, 2011

The outrage over the killing of 100 sled dogs in Whistler is an important sign a significant number of people are still in touch with a clear sense of right and wrong in this era of moral relativity.

As a lifelong dog-lover, I was particularly sickened to hear of this terrible event; I was also struck by the irony of Premier Gordon Campbell’s response.

“The tragic and disturbing details that have emerged around how these dogs were inhumanely treated are not acceptable to British Columbians or to their government,” said Campbell. “No creature should ever have to suffer in the manner that has been reported, and we want to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again in our province.”

Admirable comments, no doubt. But Campbell’s justifiable concern for the dogs contrasts with his lack of concern for all the wild “creatures” in British Columbia. This is especially true for large carnivores such as grizzlies, wolves, black bears and cougars, which are subjected to intense suffering and inhumane treatment via trophy hunting…

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