The American hunter who killed Cecil the lion has become the hunted and the death of the iconic animal has renewed calls to ban trophy hunting in Africa.
But what about Canada’s own sport hunting for exotic animals?
Canada is the only Arctic country that allows trophy hunting of polar bears.
More than 76,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org pressing the federal government to put an end the sport hunt.
“Polar bears are some of the most majestic and beautiful animals in the world,” it says.
Pollution and global warming both threaten the future of these animals, it says, “but the most immediate threat is hunting.”
The petition claims more than 1,000 polar bears are killed annually. Federal statistics, however, paint a different picture. They estimate that about 300 bears are killed annually.
Nunavut government statistics show that 33 of 319 bears harvested in 2012-2013 (the most recent year available) were killed by sport hunters. The rest were subsistence hunts by Inuit.Read More »from Cecil the lion’s death puts exotic big-game hunts under scrutiny - including Canada’s