B.C. residents back hunting for food, but not trophies: Poll

Opinion is more split on zoos and rodeos, but survey shows we strongly oppose trophy hunting and fur trapping

The issue of trophy hunting was the hot topic earlier this fall after NHL player Clayton Stoner shot a grizzly bear on the B.C. coast.

A new poll shows most B.C. residents support hunting wildlife for food but oppose trophy hunting and fur trapping.

The online survey by Insights West found 85 per cent are in favour of eating animals and 73 per cent support hunting animals for meat.

But just one in 10 support hunting strictly for sport, with 88 per cent opposed.

Killing animals for their fur had 15 per cent support and was rejected by 81 per cent.

The topic of trophy hunting gained prominence earlier this fall when B.C.-born NHL player Clayton Stoner shot a grizzly bear while hunting with a licence issued by the province as part of an annual lottery.

The bear’s nickname was ‘Cheeky’, and it was being documented by filmmakers from Coastal First Nations (CFN), who oppose bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest.

“It is abundantly clear that few British Columbians are in favour of trophy hunting and furring,” Insights West vice-president Mario Canseco said.

“At least four-in-five residents voice opposition to both of these practices.”

Support for hunting for food was strongest among men and the middle-aged, but even 68 per cent of women said they were in favour of it.

On trophy hunting, 82 per cent of men and 94 per cent of women opposed the practice.

Respondents to the online survey were less strongly decided on the keeping of animals in captivity.

Fifty-six per cent told Insights West they were in favour of keeping animals in zoos or aquariums, although most of them were only “somewhat” rather than “strongly” supportive.

And 38 per cent said they support using animals in rodeos.

 

Just Posted

Q & A with Rio Tinto Operations Director

Inflows between July, 2018 and June 2019 has been the second lowest since 1956

Fraser Lake business offers equine therapy to deal with life stressors

The idea is to have diverse businesses that provide more options to residents and tourists says Kim Watt-Senner

Smithers man receives two-year sentence for fatal car crash

Over a year after a fatal crash, a Smithers man has been sentenced to two years plus a day in jail.

First Nations push for massive conservation area in northern B.C.

Includes ancestral areas of three Kaska Dena First Nations, just shy of the B.C.-Yukon border

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Update: Two shot, two arrested at Toronto Raptors victory rally

The team and several dignitaries, including Justin Trudeau, remained on stage

Oil and gas sector cautious as deadline on Trans Mountain decision nears

Trudeau government expected to announce whether it will approve pipeline for second time on Tuesday

Most Read