The BC NDP just banned the world's most closely managed grizzly bear hunt for no real reason other than feelings.
First Nations and Aboriginals will still be able to hunt bears for food, social and ceremonial reasons and to exercise their treaty rights. The hunt isn't technically over, it’s just race based now.
But even more wacky than making a race-based hunt of grizzly bears, is the reasoning for banning the hunt for everyone else. That reason is feelings.
BC Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said:
“It's mostly a social values issue. When it comes down to it, the species is seen as an iconic species for BC and people just weren't willing to accept the hunting of grizzly bears anymore in this province”.
"Social values" is another way of saying social license — which is another way of saying feelings are more important than reality.
Those feelings are going to get people mauled.
In my video today, I fill in the facts that should overwrite the sentiments that led to the ban.
I tell you the story of what happened when Ontario gave in to emotional manipulation and banned their spring black bear hunt for 16 years.
People who don’t have to live in proximity to the bears or rely on the economic benefits of hunting are trading safety and the health of the economies of rural folks for their self righteous, urban good vibes.
Those who sit in downtown Vancouver coffee shops, sipping overpriced lattes while ignoring history are doomed to repeat it.