DID YOU KNOW?

“Our Conservative Government is proud to say that as of last night, all contents of the long-gun registry have been destroyed, except those related to Quebec.
We are making our streets and communities safer by targeting criminals who use firearms, not law-abiding Canadians.
Make no mistake, the tax and spend NDP will not hesitate to bring back the long gun registry. Now that these data have been deleted, they can never be recovered - even by Thomas Mulcair.”

 

Good day everyone:

In response to an anti-hunting petition that has over 17,000 signatures opposing the grizzly bear hunt in British Columbia, a petition in support of the BC Grizzly bear hunt has been created.  

As supporters of Safari Club International – Canada, please go to this pro-hunting on-line petition and sign it. It is important as hunter-conservationists that we take this stand and show our support to keep this hunt. 

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/support-the-bc-grizzly-hunt.html

Also, please send this link on to your membership and other people or groups who will be supportive. It is important to attract as much attention as possible to this cause. Let’s show that we in the outdoor community can also motivate support. Over 1000 signatures were posted in the first 36 hours of this petition! We are now at 3400+. Let’s move that number up!

Thank you for your time and dedication. Please see below some notes on the subject of grizzly hunting in BC that may come in handy for you.  – KEN.

 We hunter-conservationists subscribe to the North American Wildlife Conservation Model, the most effective and proven conservation system in the world that has been responsible for modern healthy and sustainable wildlife populations across the continent including in British Columbia. The North American Model, which was developed through the cooperation of hunters, anglers, scientists and government, uses science and laws to manage and protect wildlife. Legal, ethical hunting is a key element of this model.

  • Governments must not be bullied by emotional pressure from self-serving lobby groups whose long-term political agenda is the complete elimination of sport hunting. 
  • Hunters are passionate environmentalists who have consistently, over decades, contributed disproportionately vast sums of money and time to wildlife conservation. 
  • Hunting generates more than $350 million per year in economic activity in British Columbia. In addition, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation of B.C. has been able to invest over $140 million in habitat restoration and enhancement projects across the province through revenue from the sale of hunting licenses and tags.
  • Sound modern science-based wildlife management must include hunting as an effective tool.

 

  

THE REGISTRY is GONE.

Bill C-19 the Bill to end the long gun registry received royal assent today April 5, 2012.
Firearms owners from every part of Canada are celebrating and congratulating the Members of Parliament who voted to end the wasteful long gun registry.
How does this affect YOU as a trustworthy Canadian gun owner?
Registration forms for non-restricted long guns are no longer required.
New non-restricted long gun purchases will no longer be registered.
RESTRICTED or PROHIBITED guns MUST STILL BE REGISTERED
When selling or gifting a non-restricted long gun it is your responsibility to ensure that the individual you are dealing with has a valid firearms licence (PAL not POL)

 

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Wild game meat not welcome at Ontario food banks

Unless they grew up on a farm or died in a slaughterhouse, donations of moose, deer and other wild game are not welcome in Ontario food banks.Citing strict provincial health regulations, Food Banks Canada is maintaining a “strong recommendation” to Ontario food banks to reject meat that was not raised in captivity or killed in a licensed slaughterhouse. This year for the first time the Safari Club International’s donation of deer steaks and ground venison was rejected by a food bank in Lanark, Ont. The meat was cut, wrapped and frozen at a provincially licensed butcher shop.“Deer and moose are the most organic meat you can get, and is consumed by millions of hunters every year,” wrote Len Dickinson, president of the Ottawa Valley branch of Safari Club International, in an email to the Post. “It seems totally ridiculous that Ontario’s food banks would rather see people go hungry than allow them to eat properly processed wild game.” Katharine Schmidt, executive director of Food Banks Canada, said the recommendation to reject game is based on a 2001 provincial law. “We look to government regulation to help us identify what sort of safe-quality products can be shared in this country,” she said. Under Ontario’s meat regulations, meat cannot be sold or distributed unless the animal was slaughtered in a government-licensed facility and inspected prior to slaughter. Currently, “there are no provisions in the Ontario Meat Regulation, the Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act or the Ontario Food Premise Regulation for wild game to be distributed to the public for consumption unless they are the licensed owner of the meat,” reads the Food Banks Canada recommendations. In previous years, Mr. Dickinson said that Ontario’s food banks have accepted wild game regardless. “Ontario’s legislation has not changed but the ideology of the Food Bank certainly has,” he said. In much of Canada, food banks actively campaign for donations of wild game. For two years running, the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation has held the “Hunt for Hunger” campaign encouraging hunters to hand over moose, elk and deer to charity. In the territories, some food distribution programs even deal exclusively in wild game. In March, the government of Nunavut launched the Country Food Distribution Program, a $1.7-million anti-poverty scheme to send caribou, seal and muskox to Arctic communities. The Edmonton Food Bank accepts 2,000 to 3,500 kilograms of wild meat each year, according to executive director Marjorie Bencz. “We appreciate the support because it brings donors who normally wouldn’t be participating with us,” said Ms. Bencz. Alberta’s meat regulations are similarly strict in ensuring that animals are inspected prior to slaughter — but food banks are given a pass as long as they maintain a hefty trail of paperwork. “It has to be documented from the time it’s harvested to the time it’s served or distributed,” said Ms. Bencz. Other jurisdictions are more lax. In Cranbrook, B.C., this fall, to deal with growing herds of violent, urban deer, city officials have begun slaughtering them with bolt guns and handing them over to the local food bank. Every year, conservation officers in the Yukon distribute several thousand kilograms of road-killed meat to local communities. Ms. Schmidt says she is working with Ontario regulators to see if there are “opportunities” to get wild game back into the province’s food banks. “Protein is one of the most needed types of food by food banks,” she said. “Any sort of meat or protein-type products, we’re in desperate need of.”

National Post
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