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Trophy Hunting in Canada: An Overview

Cecil the lion

Cecil the lion

After American dentist Walter Palmer shot and killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe—and the ensuing international uproar over the appropriateness of such activities—Canadians began turning their attention to our own country’s complicity in the trophy hunting industry. Although there is no single definition of “trophy hunting,” it generally refers to the selective hunting of wild animals, not for sustenance, but to keep their body parts as trophies or memorials; typically, the skin, head, or antlers. Often, trophy hunters prefer to kill the oldest or most mature animal in a given population—which is often the largest male.

To be sure, trophy hunting occurs widely within Canada. Overall, the industry in Canada has an annual economic impact of $1 billion, with hunting tour companies across the country offering clients the opportunity to kill everything from deer and black bears to moose and polar bears.[1] Indeed, as a recent CBC News report pointed out, Palmer previously killed a mule deer in Alberta in 2006, and a black bear in Quebec in 2007.[2]

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Animal Justice Calls for Release of Grizzly Cubs to Rehab, Not Zoo

Photo by Sandy Sisti_Wild at Heart Photography

Photo by Sandy Sisti_Wild at Heart Photography

Animal Justice Canada (“Animal Justice”) calls on Superintendent Dan Wenk of Yellowstone National Park to release the two cubs of Blaze, the mother grizzly bear recently killed by park officials, to a wildlife rehabilitation center with the aim of preparing them to be released back into the wild, rather than to a zoo for public display.

“Grizzly bears belong in the wild. Zoos are unable to recreate grizzly bears’ natural habitat and inadequate facilities with issues such as lack of space, lack of privacy, lack of stimulation, improper diet and excessive noise lead to behavioural stress, poor health and animal suffering.

We call on Superintendent Dan Wenk of Yellowstone National Park to act in the best interest of the bear cubs by releasing them to a wildlife rehabilitation centre with the aim of returning them to the wild and not to a zoo for public display,” said Nick Wright, Executive Director of Animal Justice Canada.

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