Historically, human “management” of wildlife has involved culling (killing) animals that have been deemed to be in conflict with human activities (such as agriculture) or causing a threat to another wild population’s viability, such as with wolves and caribou. Culling is unnecessary. Alternative methods to avoid animal/human conflict and to prevent significant danger to humans and/or other animals include:
- Humane deterrents (e.g. motion-sensitive sprinklers)
- Non-contact hazing (e.g. shouting, making noise/scents to ensure an animal leaves an area)
- Anti-feeding bylaws
- Road signage
- Contraception and translocation carried out by trained professionals with appropriate authority
Wildlife also face significant welfare consequences as a result of the wildlife trade. Live animals and the bodies of deceased animals are traded internationally. The risk of disease transfer between species, including from animals to humans, is high. Additionally, being kept in cages and transport for long hours leads to significant levels of animal distress.
What we are doing about it
Federal wildlife trade
Learn about the gaps in the wildlife trade at the national level and sign our campaign to federal ministers, asking them to improve laws and increase enforcement.
Show your support for banning inhumane and indiscriminate wildlife poisons Take Action Wildlife poisons have become a growing animal welfare, environmental and public safety concern in recent years. The baited poisons, used to address conflicts with unwanted wildlife, cause a slow and painful death for the animals that consume them. They also have a wider…
Call for a ban on fur farming across CanadaSend a message to your B.C. MLA & sign the federal House of Commons e-petitionTake Action Recent media reports of the spread of COVID-19 on B.C. mink farms has exposed the cruelty and danger inherent in the province’s fur farming industry. Please send a message to your…
Please urge the Prime Minister to close wildlife markets and end the international and domestic trade in wild animalsSign the petition A House of Commons E-petition is calling on the Prime Minister to “to support and encourage the closure of wildlife markets globally that could become sources for future pandemics and to commit to end…
Article originally published in The Province. Despite calls from experts to take action against the global wildlife trade, which scientists believe is a likely source of COVID-19, the response from national governments has been muted and mixed, with virtual silence from Canada. That’s a shame, as there is plenty Canada could do to improve our own safeguards against…