Preservation of natural wildlife habitats is the best way to ensure viable wildlife populations.

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.

Latest news

Canada needs to take the threat of disease from wildlife seriously

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…


Save owls and bears

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We’re fighting the wildlife trade

VHS launched two campaigns against the cruel and dangerous wildlife trade this spring. The trade is not only cruel and damaging to biodiversity, but also poses a threat of zoonotic disease (diseases transmitted from animals to humans). In April, we started an online petition calling on the B.C. government to strengthen regulation of the sale…


Poisoned owl rescued by VHS supporter

Update: District of North Vancouver votes to ban rodenticides! District of North Vancouver Council has voted to ban anticoagulant rodenticides on district-owned properties. The unanimous vote on June 15 approved Councillor Megan Curren’s proposal for a ban.  Thank you to everyone who wrote to the council and signed the petition by VHS supporter Yasmin Abidi….