Posted by Emily on April 27th, 2017 under Causes
Click the photo above to visit Pacific Wild’s campaign // Photo by Ian McAllister
This is a controversial issue.
Imagine if we started to kill off masses of humans because there were “just too many”. Some may argue that it’s not fair to equate wolves, or any other creature for that matter, to a human life — but I believe that a massacre of any kind is uncalled for.
Pacific Wild is taking the necessary steps to prevent one of B.C’s iconic animals from being treated by our provincial government as “disposable”.
The B.C. Wolf Management Plan is in desperate need of an overhaul, and the wolf cull program is arguably its most ecologically, economically, and ethically offensive element. Our current goal is to stop the wolf cull from happening again this winter and to resist on-going efforts to escalate the persecution of wolves across the province. We are doing everything in our power to accomplish this — working with groups to document the helicopter kill from the field, engaging mainstream media, supporting public outreach and education online and face-to-face, as well as legal and policy research. Together we can stop this kill program and get wolves the protection and respect they deserve as top predators.
Celebrities have also spoken out about the cull, including Miley Cyrus, who even brought Pacific Wild executive director, Ian McAllister, out on stage at a Vancouver concert.
In January 2017, the B.C. government admitted that the wolf cull is inhumane, but that they will continue to proceed, and even expand, regardless:
There are no humane methods to directly reduce wolf numbers, but aerial removal is the only method of killing enough wolves (and entire packs) to reduce wolf densities with no risk of by-catch.
One of the reasons for this activity is, ironically enough, to help save another species: the caribou. Though I wholeheartedly agree that this too is an important issue, I also believe that if we worked hard enough, we could find a more humane solution than the one current. Pacific Wild stated in a press release that, “Aerial gunning fails to comply with ethical guidelines set by the Canadian Council on Animal Care, as it is not considered an acceptable form of euthanasia. The BC government also accepts strangling snares as a killing method in this and other management plans. Research shows that many wolves killed by aerial gunning and neck snaring die a slow and excruciatingly painful death.”
Sources: Pacific Wild
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