"Anthony Marr is on almost every hunter's hit list for trying to get
trophy hunting of Black and Grizzly bears banned in B.C..."
Vancouver Sun, August 2, 1996, page B4.
are organized and hostile (the hunting lobby), and when they show up, it's
ten to one - hunters to environmentalists..." Georgia Straight,
August 1-8, 1996, page 7.
was barely civil and sometimes downright ugly... Anthony Marr was
interrupted, shouted down and generally abused by hunters in an audience
of more than 100 that spilled out of a conference room..." Prince
George Citizen, July 5, 1996, page A1.
calm and respect, Anthony Marr faced rapid fire questioning from
hunters..." Kamloops Daily News, July 9, 1996, page A3.
are just a few of the many highlights in the more than 100 newspaper
articles generated during the eight-week-long province-wide road tour by
Anthony Marr this summer. The purpose: to educate people about endangered
animals especially the BET'R species (Bear, Elephant, Tiger and Rhinos) as
well as explain the Initiative to prohibit the sport and trophy hunting of
bears in British Columbia to prevent B.C. bears from becoming endangered
and imperiled with extinction.
Despite the many stormy meetings, Marr returned to Vancouver in good
spirits. One big reason was the great care and support provided by
environmentalists along his 12,000 kilometers journey. Marr never had to
camp out alone or stay at motels even once. Many of those who billeted him
and attended his presentations generously donated funds, food and even
long-distance phone calls to the project, as well as took him on hiking,
kayaking, 4-wheeling, bear watching and even horseback riding expeditions.
wholeheartedly thanks everyone involved for making this tour a fruitful
and enjoyable one and invites everyone he contacted and their friends to
actively participate in Initiative I96001 to bring about an end to the
sport and trophy hunting of bears in B.C. and greatly increase the
penalties for poaching and trafficking.
also thanks Bonita Charette and Lisa Moffatt, bear referendum campaigners,
and the staff at WCWC for their very capable assistance in making this
road tour a success. By the end of the campaign, some 1,800 volunteer
canvassers had applied to collect signatures on the Bear Protection
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