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2014-04-29 at 16:23

Legal challenge to spring bear hunt begins

By tbnewswatch.com
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TORONTO  -- The Liberal government's move to bring back the spring bear hunt in a pilot project was challenged in court Tuesday.

That challenge comes just before the projects planned start on Thursday. The Animal Alliance of Canada and Zoocheck Canada is challenging the hunt, saying mother bears will be killed and their orphaned cubs left to starve or be killed by predators. 

The two groups have filed an application for judicial review and say they hope the court will at least delay the start of the hunt until it can rule on its legal actions.

The pilot project to reinstate the spring bear hunt is slated to begin May 1 and run for six weeks in eight wildlife areas, including Thunder Bay.

 

(Thunder Bay Television)

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S Duncan says:
Always some whiny group hoping some leftist, bleeding heart judge will interfere with the laws made by our democratically elected government.

The people in Quebec suffered the same nonsense with the ending of the long gun registry. Then they shop around for judges who will see it their way and try to pass injunctions limiting the democratic will of the people.

Leftys are so embarrassing, not only to themselves but to the whole country.
4/29/2014 5:12:42 PM
chezhank says:
@S Duncan

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Mahatma Gandhi

henry wojak
4/29/2014 5:39:36 PM
Smitty says:
Mr. Wojak,
Are you a strict vegan? I promise you that factory farm raised animals have a worse life than the wildlife in NWO. I find it very hypocritical when people oppose hunting or fishing but have no problem heading to a local butcher shop for a steak.
Smitty
4/30/2014 8:08:08 AM
chezhank says:
My wifes's brothers still run the mixed(grain -cattle)farm out West she grew up on.
They had to buy more bales to feed the cattle this winter.They make sure they get water through the winter,help with the calfing if need be,they raise the animals.
To shoot animals after they survived the winter by baiting is unethical to me.
4/30/2014 12:11:40 PM
Smitty says:
Mr. Wojak,
thank you for your response but you didn't answer my question about your eating habits. I appreciate that you find it unsportsmanlike to hunt hungry bears but I recall you having an issue with the city archery hunt for deer. You can't use the same argument for that opposition. Many hunters in the fall employ various calls to entice their animals into range for ethical and quick kills, is this also unsportsmanlike? Fisherman use bait on their hooks to catch fish...again unsportsmanlike? Outdoorsman use various methods to take their game, all of which are considered legal by the governments of various provinces or states.
All we ask is that you please respect our right to take the game that we've purchased a tag for.
Smitty
4/30/2014 4:53:53 PM
S Duncan says:
and boom it goes.

looks like they ran into a good judge who stomped this ridiculous abuse of the legal system right into oblivion.

a judge killed their legal claim already since this story got posted.

Nice! theres still hope for rationality out there people.
4/29/2014 6:11:08 PM
moonpie says:
Ya, kill 'em all, that's the democratic way! Who cares that there is no factual evidence to back up the need for this ridiculous and unnecessary butchering of life, but hey, the government doesn't need facts to justify their actions, do they Duncan? As long as whiners like you get your way, who cares about other living beings eh?
4/30/2014 12:38:33 AM
eventscentre says:
I know what you mean S Duncan. On facebook there is a group called concerned citizens of Thunder Bay and they are trying to stop us from having any fun. As for the bears, I hope they disallow them from killing mother bears in the spring as they have tiny cubs that would die a slow and painful death from starvation. Call me leftist if you want but the thought of cubs suffering unnerves me
4/29/2014 6:46:19 PM
DougMyers says:
And that right there is part of the problem with groups like that this.

It has always been and continues to be illegal to harvest a sow (female bear) in the spring bear hunt.

The "facts" presented by those groups are baseless fearmongering that worked.
4/30/2014 10:22:37 AM
Dan Dan says:
The only thing worse is those who try to pigeonhole complex public opinions into meaningless terms like "left" or "right".
4/29/2014 8:53:40 PM
freedom54 says:
Did you know that not all leftys are leftists?
4/29/2014 5:53:14 PM
The Critic says:
This was thrown out of court almost immediately today because it has no merit.

Don't confuse this with the upper echelons of these groups actually caring about bear (besides their perhaps well intentioned, yet ignorant, followers). This was well funded anti-hunting groups finding a weakness and trying to exploit it to set a precedent for other areas by appealing to peoples emotions. Similar to how they got California to ban all hunting bullets with lead in them (not just for waterfowl, which is based on sound science - but all hunting).
4/29/2014 6:47:09 PM
DougMyers says:
Well that didn't last long. Judge dismissed it the same day.

The basis of their argument was pretty soft to say the least.
4/29/2014 8:08:04 PM
hotchoc says:
I respect people's opinions on this issue but I totally disagree with them. Unless these folks are totally vegetarian, can they please explain their position.

Where is their concern for where veal comes from. Meat is raised to be eaten. You can disagree with the concept but if you are eating that meat, explain to me why someone else cannot hunt bear.

Why no concern for the moose calf. It seems it is just because bears are cuter.

If you want to debate the merits of hunting in general, then lets do that but this nonsense that we need to prevent orphan cubs is led by a group that never has to worry about bears, because they have no trees for hundreds of miles.

They have destroyed their habitat, now they wish to control ours. And this crosses party lines. Members of all 3 parties don't want this hunt and members of all 3 want it.

Great job by our MPP for not bowing to the "appearance" and doing what his constituents needed and asked for.
4/29/2014 9:33:08 PM
Smitty says:
This is one of the most articulate and well written posts I've ever seen on this website....I think you're on the wrong page.
4/30/2014 4:58:40 PM
MamaH says:
Just as our provincial fishing regulations are based on location and quantity of species, eg. southern Ontario 6 walleye limit, northwestern Ontario 4 walleye limit, so should the provincial hunting regulations be based on location and quantity of species, eg. northwestern Ontario plenty of bears, southwestern Ontario, uh, what.. zero bears? Good on the courts for making the right decision.
4/30/2014 1:58:32 PM
tudor says:
Well done by the judge who threw this out quickly.

Great job by the MPP to get this issue back where it belongs for the north.

Now, if he could only do something about the ice on the lake in time for opening weekend but that might be asking a bit much
4/30/2014 9:31:57 PM
Curious says:
What a crime. The few that benefit by this does not balance the numbers. Hundreds do dead cubs for the financial gain of a few. Sadly there is a guarantee for People paying big bucks to come to the resorts to hunts for going home with a bear pelt. They just bait the bears in different areas and let the "hunter" I use that term loosely - sit In a hunting blind wait and shoot. Wow, that is what they call "hunting" lol
5/1/2014 8:50:56 AM
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