Should grizzly bears be protected from trophy hunting?
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Should grizzly bears be protected from trophy hunting?

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Canada's province of British Columbia is banning people from trophy hunting grizzly bears because the government says society no longer approves of the sport. In stark contrast, the Trump administration delisted the Yellowstone grizzly bear so that people can hunt it for sport. Trophy hunters say trophy hunting is misunderstood and actually helps with conservation efforts. Critics think trophy hunting is disgusting and cruel. What do you think? 🐻

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Officials in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada are banning trophy hunting grizzly bears because it's something society no longer supports. B.C. Natural Resources Minister Doug Donaldson told reporters: "It's not a matter of numbers. Society has come to the point in B.C. where they are no longer in favour of a grizzly bear trophy hunt."

That's just it. It's a matter of principle. As a society, people in British Columbia decided hunting grizzly bears for sport does not align with their values. Activists in the U.S. think the government should follow in its neighbor's footsteps. A small minority of people actually go hunting. Their fun and need for adventure is a poor excuse to continue the killing of such majestic animals. 

There's no real reason why anyone needs a bear rug. No one needs to feel the thrill of stalking a large predator then killing it. It's time to give up trophy hunting—it's the right thing to do. 

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Hunters are demonized as monsters who just desire to kill all that is good and sacred in the wild. But that couldn't be further from the truth. Hunters have the biggest incentive to conserve and protect the wild. In an earlier era, rampant and unregulated hunting devastated wildlife and forced countless species into extinction.

But hunters nowadays operate in a highly-regulated environment that minimizes the impact of trophy hunting on the ecosystem, while ensuring funds raised through the hunt goes toward conservation efforts and the local community.

Charlotte Allen writes for the Los Angeles Times:

Furthermore, it is often hunters who do the most to preserve the species they hunt. This isn't irony, it's logical. Ducks Unlimited, a waterfowl-hunters nonprofit, has conserved more than 13 million acres of U.S. wetlands and grasslands -- habitat crucial for waterfowl and many other creatures -- mostly through buying easements and offering other financial incentives to the private owners of those properties.
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