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August 16, 2016

Hunting of black bear in Alberta with spear condemned

Cruel death renews call for ban on trophy hunting

Humane Society International/Canada

  • Bear mom with her cub. Jim Kruger/iStockphoto

Earlier this summer, American trophy hunter Josh Bowmar brutally killed a black bear in Alberta. In a video he shared online, Bowmar attaches a GoPro camera to a homemade spear which he then uses to impale the bear. Animal welfare experts estimate the animal may have suffered for hours before dying. Rebecca Aldworth, executive director for Humane Society International/Canada, issued the following statement:

"We are appalled by the gratuitous violence and cruelty involved in the killing of an Alberta black bear by an American trophy hunter. Spearing a bear through the stomach and leaving him to die a slow, agonizing death, is shockingly cruel. Humane Society International/Canada is calling on the government of Alberta to ban trophy hunting, which local residents oppose by an overwhelming majority, and to take immediate action to prohibit the cruelest practices in hunting, such as baiting and hunting with spears.”

Support the efforts of HSI/Canada to prevent cruelty and save lives.

Media Contact: Christopher Paré, 514 395-2914, cpare@hsi.org

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