The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is demanding that the Province “advance(s) a full-stop end to wolf culls and unethical hunting”. In a letter dated November 1st, 2022, the UBCIC calls upon the government to reduce resource development, primarily logging, and prioritize reclamation and rehabilitation of critical caribou habitat over predator reduction programs, while respecting First Nation jurisdiction and territorial management. UBCIC also states the government’s focus on killing apex predators has resulted in an increase of “non-Indigenous gun clubs producing wildlife killing contests and engaging in inhumane and unethical hunting practices”.
First Nations in British Columbia are rightful stewards of their territories and this includes caribou management. Pacific Wild shares the UBCIC’s commitment to ending the aerial wolf killing program, which if continued this winter would enter its ninth year. 1704 wolves have been killed through the wolf cull program since 2015, costing taxpayers over six million dollars. In 2022 alone, 280 wolves were killed at a cost of $6428 per wolf. The cull is ineffective, inhumane and disrespects many of the cultural practices and beliefs of B.C.’s Indigenous communities.
This letter is now the second letter the UBCIC has sent this year to Ministers Katrine Conroy (Forests) and Josie Osborne (Land, Water, Resources and Stewardship)–as of yet, without a response–that refers to the UBCIC Resolution (February 2022) “Support for B.C. First Nations’ Territorial Management and Protection of Caribou and Wolf Populations”.
We are grateful for UBCIC’s leadership and support, especially in this past spring’s highly successful #Howl2Horgan joint campaign (along with Animal Alliance, The Fur-Bearers, the Takaya Legacy Project, and Humane Society International Canada).
Take action to demand an end to unethical hunting:
You can also contact the following Ministers directly:
The Honourable Josie Osborne
Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship and Minister Responsible for Fisheries
Room 310 Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Phone: (778) 405-3094 Fax: (250) 387-4312
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
1010-800 Boul de Maisonneuve E
Montréal QC H2L 4L8
Telephone: (514) 522-1339 Fax: (514) 522-9899