Groups fighting bear hunt
TORONTO—Two animal rights groups are heading to court after the Ontario government announced a pilot project for a spring bear hunt this year.
Animal Alliance of Canada and Zoocheck Canada will outline details of their legal action at a news conference this morning in Toronto.
There has been strong reaction on both sides as the government considered re-establishing the hunt which was cancelled in 1999.
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, which backed the pilot, said it doesn’t want “big city animal rights extremists” to derail the province’s spring bear hunt.
Meanwhile, T-V personality and animal rights activist Bob Barker calls the hunt “barbaric” and says cubs are left to starve to death after their mothers are lured from the den by bait and then killed by hunters.
The government says the pilot is being carried out for public safety reasons.