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The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals has offered a reward in light of a disturbing video which has been making the rounds on social media.
The video, which was posted to Facebook, shows at least two people laughing while watching a grizzly bear they shot numerous times rolls down a hill. The video has prompted outrage and the advocacy group wants to learn more information about the hunters to investigate whether or not the hunt was legal.
“It’s possible that the killing of this bear was lawful,” said Michael Howie, spokesperson for The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. “That does not mean, however, that no criminal or wildlife act violations occurred. We need a full, formal investigation to take place – and we need Premier Christy Clark to recognize that the public will not stand for these atrocious actions, regardless of the policy of the day.”
It is believed that the video was shot in British Columbia, the Yukon/Northwest Territories, or Alaska as they are the only jurisdictions where hunting grizzlies is permitted.
“There is a lot we don’t know about the individuals in this video,” Howie added. “But the behaviour of the speakers and the treatment of the bear warrant investigation. We need the public to watch the video, listen to the voices, and provide information to authorities.”
The organization is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to prosecution against the hunters in the video. The Fur-Bearers are asking anyone with information regarding the video to report it to the BC SPCA’s tip line at 1-855-622-7722.
Graphic video: The following video contains very graphic content. Viewers may find the following extremely disturbing and upsetting to watch. Discretion is advised.
(WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE) - BC's grizzly hunt is horrific and 80% of residents want it banned. But as is often the case, the BC government ignores the scientific, economic, environmental and ethical arguments in support of such a ban. WDL has joined the fight to defend bears and other wildlife against trophy hunting and overhunting. Help us return to the field this fall, in defence of wildlife from exploitation like that seen in this video. Take action: https://stopthetrophyhunt.nationbuilder.com/donatePosted by Wildlife Defence League on Monday, September 7, 2015
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