We launched the campaign to raise $500,000 to purchase the Nadeea commercial hunting tenure the end of November. Now on behalf of Raincoast and our Coastal First Nations partners, I’m happy to report significant progress.
Campaigning to end trophy hunting in British Columbia last year, Lush donated 100% of the sale of a limited edition Great Bear Bath Bomb to several US and Canadian organizations working to protect grizzly bears, and that included Raincoast and Coastal First Nations.
As reported by Tricia Stevens, Manager of Charitable Giving for Lush, “Our customers across North America were shocked to learn that trophy hunting of grizzly bears was occurring in British Columbia and were quick to join us in supporting Raincoast’s effort to end commercial trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest with $100,000 towards the purchase of commercial hunting licenses.”
In addition to the bath bomb, Denman Island Chocolate has been selling a unique organic chocolate Grizzly Bar, and with donations from the public, the total raised now stands at close to $150,000. Our goal is to increase that figure to half the needed funds -$250,000 – by the end of 2017. We’ll need your help.
Having spent thirty years exploring, guiding, and sailing BC’s coast I can tell you from experience the Nadeea hunting tenure includes some of the region’s most iconic watersheds and internationally important habitat for grizzlies, black bears, Spirit bears, wolves, cougars, and wolverine. Many of you have walked with me in the silent majesty of the stunning Khutze River estuary, watching in awe as grizzly bears and black bears and wolves go about their business in the wild richness of this place. This place and others like it are at the heart of this tenure.
Coupled with the province’s ban on grizzly hunting, purchasing this tenure is the next step in achieving our ultimate goal of ending the trophy hunting of all large carnivores throughout the Great Bear Rainforest.
We now need to keep up our momentum and I ask that you please consider whether you can donate an amount that is meaningful to you.Also, please forward this appeal to friends or ask a local business that share our interest in protecting wildlife to support our initiative. Your support directly protects these beautiful wild beings from senseless slaughter.
With deep gratitude.
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