Over the last few months many of you have stepped up to support our efforts to permanently end commercial trophy hunting in the spectacular Kitlope River Valley and surrounding environs. Thank you.
The video below gives you some insight into this place, why it is so special, and a glimpse of the people, like my brother Cecil Paul, who dedicated themselves to protecting it.
Cecil is Xenaksiala, a nation now part of the Haisla. They have always welcomed people from around the world to join them in their efforts to protect their homeland. Because of these efforts, in 1994 Kitlope was protected from logging and extractive industries. While the Haisla Nation banned the killing of grizzly bears in Kitlope over 25 years ago, and in 2017 the BC government extended the ban throughout the entire province, commercial trophy hunting for all other species still occurs here.
We now have just two weeks to raise the remaining $15,000 of the $100,000 deposit we need to secure the purchase agreement for our 5th hunting tenure. This includes the commercial hunting rights in an area of over 5000 sq. km that encompasses the entire Kitlope Nuyum Jees Conservancy, the world’s largest intact area of coastal temperate rainforest.
Many of you know of my involvement in the efforts to protect this spectacular area in the 1990s. It is an accomplishment that I am so proud to have been a part of. Ending the senseless killing of wildlife for trophies has long been a goal of the Haisla people. Being a part of this effort, is a profound privilege for me.
Donate today to help ensure we meet our July 31st funding deadline.
I now welcome you to support the permanent protection of the coastal carnivores that call the Kitlope home. We have until July 31st to raise the remaining $15,000 required for the deposit that allows us to proceed with the purchase. Myself personally and all of us at Raincoast, will be very grateful if you can support these efforts with a donation today.
For the Kitlope.
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