Most Canadians cannot believe that the federal government still allows wild animals to be poisoned – to suffer an excruciating death. Who allows this to happen?
The federal government licenses the poisons. Health Canada’s Minister, Patty Hajdu, oversees the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, which regulates and approves the use of such poisons as Compound 1080, Strychnine and Sodium Cyanide M-44s.
The provinces apply to use them. It is provincial governments and pest control companies who apply to use these cruel substances. Only Saskatechewan and Alberta still use the poisons to “manage” wildlife.
Currently, Alberta uses Compound 1080, Strychnine and Sodium Cyanide M-44 cartridges. Saskatchewan uses Compound 1080 and Strychnine.
The poisons are meant to kill animals who come into conflict with farmers – coyotes, wolves and bears (who may predate on sheep and calves), or squirrels and gophers (who may dig holes in fields where farm animals are kept, putting farm animals at risk of leg injuries).
Ban these pesticides:
The Animal Protection Party of Canada wants Health Canada to ban these poisons.
Killing “problem wildlife” does not work. Both Saskatchewan and Alberta have used these poisons for years and continue to do so.
The science is clear and irrefutable:
- Killing coyotes to reduce their population numbers has been an unmitigated failure despite centuries of trying.
- Reducing coyote numbers, even temporarily, does not reduce predation on farm animals.
- The best methods to protect farm animals are all non-lethal.
The Coyote Project provides information about non-lethal solutions to reduce conflicts between farm animals and wildlife.
We need to keep the pressure on the Minister of Health to bring in legislation banning the use of these poisons. So please, mail and call her. Hand-written letters are best.
The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6