Letter: We’re Appealing The Court’s Decision On Killing Authority

The Fur-Bearers are seeking an appeal of a court’s decision on their case regarding the Conservation Officer’s authority to kill wildlife who isn’t at large or dangerous.

A judge ruled in December against our judicial review, which stems from the case of a Conservation Officer killing an orphaned bear cub who was potentially suitable for rehabilitation, prior to any examination by a veterinarian or expert.

“We believe the law is clear, that officers may only kill wild animals who are at large, when those animals are likely to harm persons, property, wildlife, or wildlife habitat,” says Lesley Fox, executive director of The Fur-Bearers. “We also believe that British Columbians, and all Canadians, expect that conservation officers will not kill wild animals who aren’t a threat.”

The appeal was filed Wednesday, January 3, 2018. More information will be made available as the proceedings move forward.

The Fur-Bearers are expecting costs of this appeal to be approximately $15,000. Please consider making a donation to help us recover these costs, and continue to speak for the animals.

Submitted by the Association for the Protection of Fur Bearing Animals

Did you know the Goat could not operate without people buying the newspaper? Subscribe today!