Ivan Decker on why wild animals should be allowed to roam free in cities

Comedian Ivan Decker onstage at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver (CBC)

Comedian Ivan Decker onstage at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver (CBC)

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Humans and animals have had a complicated relationship ever since we managed to convince a horse to let us sit on it and ride around; we rode those horses to catch up to ice age deer to kill them. And then we left that horse outside and it was subsequently eaten by a saber toothed tiger. How do we decide which animals we let into our houses and cities? We try to put a sweater on them and if they refuse they are banished from the cities forever! Which is unfair! Because based on the amount of sweaters given to me by older relatives that I refused to wear I should be banished to the woods as well.

Click "listen" to hear Ivan and Erica go head to head in the "bear" knuckle round.

We may have the opinion that a bear doesn't belong in the city but who wants to be the one to tell it? As far as most people are concerned, if a bear wanders anywhere it now belongs there and is in charge of that place.

If a bear wandered into the legislature that bear would become the Premier of BC... which may not be a bad thing... at the very least maybe something would get done to protect the wild salmon population.

It's good to have bears and coyotes around. Impending danger will give you a reason to stay in shape ... other than to win the "Who Wore it Best" contest with Lululemon pants at whatever coffee shop you hang out at this week because you've decided it is the MOST fairly traded.

Oh and skunks? What, they smell bad? Sometimes? I was on a bus three days ago with a guy who smelled like his day job was sitting in a hot tub full of liquid garbage. That guy smelled bad the whole time!

Skunks only smell bad when you make them angry. We did nothing to this man and yet we all had to bathe in tomato juice when we got home.

Excerpt from Ivan Decker's opening argument in the "Urban Wildlife" debate against Erica Sigurdson recorded in North Vancouver.

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