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The time has come for a different way of ‘managing’ Canada’s wildlife

The Huffington Post

Posted: 08/21/2015

By Chris Genovali and Paul Paquet

The senseless killing of Cecil the lion has catalyzed a worldwide discussion about the gratuitous trophy hunting of large carnivores. In Western Canada, countless “Cecils” are killed in an equally senseless manner each and every year for the amusement, pleasure and excitement of recreational hunters.

From the killing of wolves in Alberta and British Columbia to the insupportable B.C. grizzly bear hunt to Saskatchewan’s coyote carnage, large carnivores are persecuted in Western Canada by way of an anachronistic approach to wildlife management that relies on suffering and death as its primary tool. The chief purveyors and ideological proponents of this faulty and antiquated model are government ministries responsible for wildlife management and trophy hunting special interest groups. Moreover, they are rapidly falling out of favour with much of society as their excesses and biases steadily become more widely known. Clearly, the time has come for a different way of “managing” wildlife…

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