I testified at the latest FWC hearing to put them on notice: Sanction another unnecessary, dangerous and cruel bear hunt -- and you'll answer to the people. Check out my report below and in the blog, then chip in to help us organize.
Yesterday the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC held the second of their annual public meetings in Jupiter, Florida, just north of Fort Lauderdale. The primary reason FWC held the meeting was to discuss rules associated with aquatic life and fishing rules -- but wildlife activists had something else in mind and flocked to the meeting to address rumors that the FWC will permit another Florida Black Bear hunt.
These rumors are coming closer to reality, as it was reported that FWC is indeed considering another black bear hunt.1 FWC didn't mention the hunt once during the meeting yesterday, which included a mini-rally and protest outside.
Click here to read my whole report in the blog. -- THEN click here to donate to our black bear justice tour so we can ban the bear hunt locally before FWC has a chance to sanction it statewide.
FWC is basing their decision to sanction another hunt on their recent Black Bear population assessment, released earlier this month. This is the first statewide population assessment in nearly 14 years -- and as I pointed out in my testimony, it was nothing worth waiting for.
During my testimony, I also called for the most if not all of the commissioners step down from their positions. They have not lived up to the charter that created the commission or to that part of their own proclamation that states, "The principles that conservation is a public-trust responsibility and that FWC, more than ever, will need and seek the active involvement of Floridians."
Click here to read my whole report in the blog including video of my testimony and links to further articles and reading. -- Then click here to donate to our black bear justice tour so we can ban the bear hunt locally before FWC has a chance to sanction it statewide.
Anthony and the Environmental Action Black Bear Brigade
1 - Jim Turner, Bad news, bears — another Florida hunt is considered, Miami Herald, April 13, 2016