It makes more economic sense to shoot grizzlies with cameras than guns

Two grizzlies relaxing on a rock

The Huffington Post  Posted: 07/17/2014

By Chris Genovali

One can only conclude that British Columbia’s Minister of Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto was poorly briefed by her handlers with regard to the grizzly bear hunt issue after reading about her recent misinformed, head-scratching speech on Salt Spring Island.

Having B.C.’s tourism minister put forth the notion that the proliferation of tar sands, pipelines and oil tankers, along with the escalation of a host of other industrial scale resource extraction activities, would somehow be compatible with a robust tourism industry based on the natural beauty of the province is dubious to say the least. But for Yamamoto to suggest that bear viewing is compatible with the trophy killing of bears, and then disproportionately claim that the grizzly hunt is a chief economic driver for the province, is inexplicably out of touch.

Contrary to Yamamoto’s assertions, there is no ecological, ethical, or economic justification for continuing to trophy kill B.C.’s grizzly bears…

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