1990 Van Aq Belugas
Shameful disregard It is a week of shame for humanity in B.C., and its shameful disregard for wild creatures. In Vancouver, captured beluga whales are triumphantly delivered to a tiny pool where they will spend the rest of their pitiful lives. And in one of the grossest examples of total human disregard for wildlife, we report this week of new regulations governing the sale of bear parts in B.C. Now hunters must take the hide, or at least one quarter of the meat of each bear they shoot. It is incredible that this needs to be legislated in the first place, yet it is so because of a market for bear parts. The slaughter of black bears is financially lucrative, with no connection to the sport of hunting whatsoever. Now, due to changes in the B.C. Wildlife Act regulations, only licenced 'fur dealers' can buy and sell bear parts gall bladders and paws being the 'pieces' most commonly sought. In the name of modern civilization, why, when these amendments to the Wildlife Act were being enacted, was any form of trade in wildlife parts allowed? Simply because some Orientals believe that powdered animal parts have powerful aphrodisiac qualities, among other 'medicinal' uses, is enough reason to condone the slaughter of a B.C. wildlife species? Perhaps this society is beyond the hocus-pocus stage, but it certainly doesn't seem to have developed much further in terms of protective legislation for its wildlife. These amendments were a step in the right direction which fell brutally short.