Target: Mary Polak, Minister for the Environment, British Colombia
Goal: Throw out suspension for conservation officer who allegedly defied orders in the interest of saving two bear cubs.
An animal control officer was recently suspended without pay after allegedly disobeying orders to kill two bear cubs in Vancouver Island, British Colombia. Conservation officer Bryce Casavant was reportedly forced to kill the cubs’ mother, who had repeatedly been found wandering into residential areas to eat food from an outdoor freezer. When the cubs wandered onto the property looking for their mother, he was allegedly ordered by his superiors to kill them as well, despite a lack of evidence that they posed a threat to residents.
Casavant, using his better judgement, took the bears to an animal hospital where they were examined then transferred to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association. According to the facility’s manager, Robin Campbell, the bears are not habituated to humans and can be successfully returned to the wild when they are old enough to fend for themselves. Rather than killing the bears unnecessarily, the officer made the right choice to save the two black bear cubs.
Despite the fact that Casavant made a good call based on the behaviors of the young cubs, he was suspended without pay for his reported disobedience. He will be off work for two weeks while his superiors conduct an investigation into his performance on the job.
Conservation officers should always do everything within their power to keep both humans and animals safe and healthy. Rather than acting on a hasty and uninformed order by his superiors, he chose to do what was in the best interest of the animals. Sign the petition below to demand that Conservation Officer Casavant is allowed to return to work and that he is rewarded, rather than punished, for his efforts.
Dear Minister Mary Polak,
A conservation officer was recently suspended without pay after saving the lives of two black bear cubs. After their mother was euthanized because she became too habituated with finding food in human-inhabited areas, the officer discovered the cubs when they came looking for their mother. Despite allegedly being told to kill the two cubs, officer Bryce Casavant tranquilized them and took them to a wildlife sanctuary.
According to the sanctuary manager, the cubs have an excellent chance of being released back to the wild. Without this officer’s good judgement, the bears could have been unnecessarily killed. We, the undersigned, demand that Officer Casavant is immediately reinstated and rewarded for his actions.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Greg Hume