Target: British Columbia Chief Conservation Officer, Doug Forsdick
Goal: Punish man who allegedly pulled a stunt by jumping on a moose’s back as it tried to cross a body of water.
A boater and his friends are apparently shown jumping onto the back of a moose in video footage put onto the Internet. The man allegedly rode the moose for only a few seconds, but that was enough to alert authorities who are now putting the video under investigation. The video has been viewed over 300,000 times and the number of views continues to grow.
The one-minute video shows a man and his friends on a boat who were watching a moose as it was slowly trying to swim across a lake. He and his friends began to steer their boat closer and closer to the moose, because he wanted to jump on its back. At the end of the video, the man is seen riding on the moose’s back while the animal makes agonizing noises and desperately tries to get the man off of its back. His friends are heard in the background laughing at the whole ordeal.
Wildlife authorities are now trying to find the man seen in the video. Authorities are confirming that he could face animal harassment charges in British Columbia. While the chief conservation officers said that the suspect appears to have clearly committed a serious offense that will carry a huge fine, the Animal Alliance of Canada said that British Columbia is one of the only Canadian jurisdictions to have strong outlined rules against harassing animals.
Authorities are looking into tips from the public to identify the man who can possibly face up to a $100,000 fine. The British Columbia Wildlife Act forbids anybody from acting out behavior that would torment an animal. Please sign this petition to demand that this man be found and punished for harassing an innocent moose.
Dear Chief Conservation Officer Doug Forsdick,
A video surfaced of a group of men recording one of their friends in British Columbia jumping on the back of a moose as it tried to calmly cross a lake. It is clear that the actions of the man in the video would constitute harassment of an animal under the British Columbia Wildlife Act. Animals can injure themselves and others when put under unnecessary stress like the one seen in this video. It is good to hear that wildlife authorities are on a hunt to find the man and looking into all leads and evidence to prosecute him.
Thank you for making a statement about the situation and showing the public that animal abuse is heavily punishable by law. The man’s actions can only be seen as animal harassment by any standards. People need to learn to respect animals and not get near them like these men did. Please do your best to track these men down and punish them appropriately.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Maksim