Grizzly Trophy Hunt Could Swing Voters in British Columbia

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Almost half of BC residents are more likely to support a party that vows to ban the hunt.

Vancouver, BC – A new survey reveals that the contentious grizzly bear trophy hunt may influence the 2017 provincial election. The Fur-Bearers, a wildlife advocacy organization based in Vancouver, today released data from a survey conducted by Insights West that shows 48% of BC residents are more likely to support a party that will shut down the hunt.

“The grizzly bear trophy hunt is a wildly unpopular activity that provides personal profit for very few individuals, yet most politicians seem reticent to discuss basic changes to policy surrounding it,” says Adrian Nelson, Director of Communications for The Fur-Bearers. “The results of our survey are a clear sign that the trophy bear hunt will be an election issue—and that it’s time for British Columbia’s political parties to listen to the people who will be voting for them.”

The survey also shows that the disgust with the hunt remains high: 91 per cent of British Columbians outright oppose the hunt, showing no change since the last significant survey on the subject last year.

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“The meat of the issue is that people right across this province want the trophy hunt to end, no strings attached,” says Nelson. “With the election growing near, we expect that the results of this survey will finally awaken the political parties to the reality of this bloody hobby that mars BC’s reputation around the world.”

About The Fur-Bearers

Founded in 1953, The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (The Fur-Bearers) works to end the commercial fur trade and promotes co-existence with wildlife. The Fur-Bearers adopted the mission “To protect fur-bearing animals in the wild and in confinement through conservation, advocacy, research and education (C.A.R.E).”

About Insights West:

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary.

About this Release:

Results are based on an online study conducted from November 25 to November 27, 2016, among 802 adult British Columbians. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points for each sample, nineteen times out of twenty. Click here to view the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

Adrian Nelson
Director of Communications, The Fur-Bearers
Office: 604-435-1850
Cell: 604-780-3670
adrian@thefurbearers.com

Mario Canseco
Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West
778-929-0490
mariocanseco@insightswest.com

 

Photograph: Jitze Couperus