B.C. needs to end disreputable practice and promote the more lucrative ecotourism industry that leaves these magnificent beasts alone
By Stephen Hume Vancouver Sun, Sept 6, 2013
It’s time to end the miserable, demeaning trophy hunt for grizzly bears in this otherwise splendid province.
We should thank Clayton Stoner, I suppose, for inadvertently making himself the latest celebrity poster boy on the issue and thereby reminding us why trophy hunting is such a revolting sport.
Trophy hunting is killing magnificent animals for no other purpose than to pump up some so-called hunter’s pathetic ego.
I say “so-called” because potting grizzly bears as they amble down to British Columbia’s salmon rivers during the seasonal runs to fatten themselves up for hibernation has about as much in common with hunting as driving to the nearest farm and blasting cows when they come in to the feed barn.
As for the inferiority complexes that drive trophy hunting, well, really, what else can killing grizzly bears and then decorating your house with their preserved body parts, be about? If it’s not about making the shooter overcome some deep feeling of personal inadequacy, what need would it serve?
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