At the rally, O'Neal and other animal welfare advocates reiterated that wildlife officials ignored 40,000 responses made to the agency by the public, with 75 percent of those responses opposing the hunt. Speakers urged people to buy bear-proof garbage cans, which have been found to drastically reduce interactions between humans and bears. Protestors carried various signs about the bears, with many targeting FWC Commissioner Liesa Priddy. Hope Lamb and Tim Hargis came to the protest and performed a catchy song they wrote yesterday dedicated to the bears called "Stop The Madness."
People gathering near Lake Eola to protest Florida's bear hunt pic.twitter.com/V1NmB8KXAy— Monivette Cordeiro (@monivettec) September 24, 2015
"Stop The Madness" performed/written by Hope Lamb and Tim Hargis to protest Florida's bear hunt scheduled f... https://t.co/SVkbEUDitj— Monivette Cordeiro (@monivettec) September 24, 2015
After the rally, O'Neal says the underlying reason why the FWC is targeting the bear and to an extent the Florida panther is to make way for more development in the state.
Chuck O'Neal speaks to protestors of Florida's bear hunt. O'Neal and Speak Up Wekiva have filed a lawsuit c... https://t.co/C06xPFTGdq— Monivette Cordeiro (@monivettec) September 24, 2015
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