Canadian Conservation Officer who was fired for refusing to shoot a family of bears won a court
Because of refusing to shoot the little bear cubs, who, together with their mother, came to people in search of food, Bryce Casavant was fired. The reason for the dismissal was not the execution of the order of his supervisor.
His supervisor ordered him to kill the entire bear family “on the basis that they had become habituated to human food,” court documents said.
According to the testimony of a former officer, he did not see the cubs eating human food, so he left them alive. But the she-bear was less fortunate, Casavant shot her and delivered the cubs to the veterinary clinic, after which they were released into the wild.
Having studied the case file, the Court of Appeal in British Columbia ruled that the dismissal was unlawful. And allowed the parties to voluntarily settle the issue of restoring Casavant in their former position.
“The British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled that disciplinary proceedings surrounding Casavant’s case should have been handled in accordance with the province’s Police Act. Casavant argued that as a special constable appointed under the act, it was his right to make the final decision about whether or not to use a firearm,” reports HuffPost.
The trial began in 2015.