Wolves are taking to the streets of Vancouver
Pacific Wild reminds British Columbians about the ongoing #WarOnWolves
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 — Pacific Wild launches new ad campaign on the streets of Vancouver to remind British Columbians about the ongoing government-sponsored wolf cull program. In an effort to capture new and off-line audiences in a piece that is as much a work of art as it is a tool for promoting conservation, visual ads can be seen at various transit hubs around the city.
“We hope this on-the-ground initiative will educate people about the plight of wolves in our province and what really needs to be done to protect these animals, which have long been wrongfully persecuted,” said Ian McAllister of Pacific Wild.
Now in its third consecutive year, the B.C. government's tax-payer-funded wolf kill project is set to continue shooting wolves from helicopters this winter. The wolf cull in B.C. was initiated in response to substantial declines in endangered mountain caribou herds from local extinction in the South Selkirk, South Peace and North Columbia herd areas. Furthermore, the government has recently proposed to increase efforts to legally kill the genetically distinct species.
“The habitat and time needed for these animals to survive are vanishing - we urgently need British Columbians to help do the work both the provincial and federal governments have failed to do over and over again,” says McAllister, and globally rare sea wolves of Vancouver Island with inhumane leg hold traps in order to preserve deer populations. However, in order to save ungulates, whether on the coast or the interior, the real need is to not continue killing wolves but rather to expand and enforce critical habitat protection for wildlife.
B.C.’s Mountain Caribou Recovery Implementation Plan - now 10 years old - has not been effective in protecting, let alone recovering, mountain caribou. The recent draft conservation agreement developed by the federal and provincial governments under the federal Species at Risk Act has been called “toothless” and a “joke” by conservationists - and rightly so. The agreement offers little to no protection of low and middle elevations of critical caribou range from industrial development, heli-skiing and motorized recreation.
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