It’s inevitable: domestic hunting is next

A Sun article about urban hunters reveals a startling jump in the number of people who want to learn how to hunt so they can source their own food more ethically than buying it from an industrial slaughterhouse.

But really, why aren’t we extending the local food passion to local animals that are literally in our own back yards? I’m thinking of the rabbits that are running wild in many parks, the deer that are swarming municipalities all over B.C., and the geese that are ruining farmers’ fields and playgrounds. Don’t forget the moose like the one that recently sauntered into a Smithers grocery store.



If some way could be found to safely kill these animals and ensure they’re safe to eat, why not? Like any local food, their safety could more easily be scrutinized than meat coming from amalgamated herds in some of the more dubious concentrated animal feedlot operations.

Do the math: craving for local food + more legalized backyard animals + interest in hunting and foraging + growing understanding of ethical killing + excess of edible game conflicting with people in cities = domestic hunting!


About Urban Food Revolution

Peter Ladner is a former Vancouver city councilor, Metro Vancouver vice-chair and business owner who is currently a weekly columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper and a regular contributor to, a Seattle-based online news service. He is the author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way we Feed Cities, published by New Society in November, 2011. For the past two years he has been a Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, was re-elected in 2005 and ran for mayor in 2008. He is a former member of the TransLink Board, and was vice chair of the Metro Vancouver Board. Peter has been the publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded in 1989. He has a lifelong interest in growing food. As a city councilor, he worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city’s program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010. He is vice-chair of the The Natural Step Canada, part of an international organization that advances sustainability in communities and corporations. He has a B.A. from UBC and did graduate work at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. He and his wife Erica have four adult children.
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