On July 7, a conservation officer from British Columbia, Canada, was suspended without pay because he refused to kill two black bear cubs. Their mother was killed earlier for repeatedly raiding a person’s freezer full of meat and salmon.
Master Healer Pankaj Naram, an authority in Ancient Siddha-Veda Secrets who also established the Pankaj Naram Seva Foundation, has added his voice to the many others calling for the reinstatement of Officer Bryce Casavant. Pankaj Naram’s charity foundation seeks to help animals, orphans and the environment.
When Casavant was ordered to kill the cubs, he took them to a veterinary hospital instead. The cubs are currently at a recovery center run by the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association in Errington, on Vancouver Island. According to the recovery center’s manager, Robin Campbell, the cubs were not habituated to humans, meaning they can be reintroduced to the wild.
The conservation service to which Casavant was assigned was called by a homeowner in Port Hardy, on Vancouver Island, to deal with the cubs’ mother after she repeatedly raided the freezer inside a mobile home. The brother and sister cubs returned to person’s property looking for their mother and climbed a nearby tree. They were later removed by local firefighters and Casavant.
Casavant’s suspension was reported in a community paper, sparking international interest in the case, including Master Healer Pankaj Naram. An online petition was started asking Environment Minister Mary Polak to reinstate the officer, and celebrities such as Ricky Gervais have spoken out on Casavant’s behalf.
“The order to kill the cubs was unusual,” said Campbell. “The pair are fearful of humans and good candidates for release,” she added. There has been no word yet from the B.C. Ministry of Environment as to its plans for the cubs. The Conservation Officer Service did, however, release a statement saying it is investigating “this situation, including the actions of its members.” Master Healer Pankaj Naram said he hopes they consider that Casavant, by actually trying to conserve the lives of these cubs, did the best thing for the cubs and the community.