In the past month, we have received tremendous support from our supporters to purchase commercial trophy hunting rights in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure. We are feeling incredibly grateful for all of your generous contributions.
Raincoast hosted the inaugural Raincoast Ocean Science Awards earlier this month to celebrate outstanding achievements by individuals and groups striving for coastal conservation. Thanks to the generosity of Spirit Bear Lodge, Homalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours, and Farewell Harbour Lodge, we were able to organize a silent auction that evening. Immense support was provided by our guests, which allowed us to get from 65% to 79% of our goal of effectively ending commercial trophy hunting in one quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest.
We are so grateful to everyone who has gotten us to this point and those who continue to support us as we work toward raising the remaining 16% of our fundraising goal. On this GivingTuesday, the entirety of your donations will go directly to our Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores campaign.
Our goal is to raise $305,800 by December 15. You can help us by donating online, mailing a cheque, or opting for stock donations*. All contributions made are tax deductible.
The strategy to purchase tenures was born in 2005, subsequent to the grizzly bear hunting ban that we fought for over several years having been both implemented and then overturned in 2001, after being in effect for one spring hunting season. Given that the political landscape offered little hope for stopping trophy hunting of large carnivores, we pioneered a new approach to permanently saving bears and wolves.
The provincial government banned grizzly bear hunting in 2017, but trophy hunting for all other large carnivore species including wolves, black bears, cougars, and wolverines is still allowed. Since 2005, we have purchased five tenures covering approximately 39,000 km2 of the Great Bear Rainforest. Our goal is to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest.
*Please note that due to stock donation transfer times, settlement dates, and various holiday closures, it would be best for charitable donations of stock to be sent by December 15th at the latest. This allows for sufficient time for all the various processes to take place and ensure that donors have their securities settled before year-end.
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