Canadian Indians win right to hunt at night
Native groups are calling it an important victory but critics say the ruling ignores important concerns over public safety.
Hunting in the dark is illegal because it is widely felt to be very dangerous.
Ten years ago, two hunters from the Tsartlip Indian band on Vancouver Island were hunting at night with rifles and electric torches.
But their only catch turned out to be a decoy deer set up in the woods by wildlife officials.
The two hunters were arrested.
But the pair argued that hunting at night is a traditional practice for their tribe, that a treaty signed back in 1852 specifically mentions it and that grants them the right to carry on doing it. . . .
But the court itself was split over the issue, with several of the judges saying public safety should outweigh all other concerns, even in sensitive aboriginal rights cases. . . .