Stop Poisoning Canada’s Wolves

Target: Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, Canada

Goal: Stop using strychnine to poison and kill wolves.

Approximately 19 wolves are killed each year by strychnine poisoning in Alberta, and government documents have recently come to light that allege the province is failing to adhere to federal instructions regulating the use of the toxin. Call on the federal government to review Alberta’s use of strychnine and ensure proper procedures are being followed.

Strychnine is a dangerous toxin that causes excruciating death and is banned in many places around the world. It also has the potential of poisoning other animals and the environment through second-hand contamination. Government records appear to show that active sites baited with strychnine were not checked adequately, and that 20 percent of sites that had been closed were not cleaned up for nearly 3 months. These records also suggest that while only 12 baits are allowed at each site, up to 20 baits have been used at a single station.

While denying these allegations, Alberta officials have been quoted claiming that more non-wolves are killed than wolves by strychnine, and this mismanagement is unacceptable. Since the Canadian government feels compelled to use this highly controversial substance, then provinces must be held accountable for allegedly violating regulations governing its use. Demand that the government stop poisoning wolves and the environment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Honourable Hajdu,

It has recently been brought to your attention that the Alberta government might not be following federal regulations on the proper use of strychnine to kill wolves at remote locations. I urge you to take these allegations seriously and review Alberta’s use of this dangerous toxin.

While only 12 baits are allowed per site, up to 20 baits were apparently used at some locations. Furthermore, while active bait sites must be checked every 7 days for site cleanup and carcass removal, government records appear to show the average time frame was 9 days, and even up to 2 weeks. As strychnine has the potential to contaminate other animals and the environment, it is concerning that closed sites might not have been cleaned up for nearly 3 months following their closure. Some reasons attributed to the alleged failure to meet appropriate time frames are that remote sites are only accessible via air and that local flooding caused issues. If federal regulations cannot be met, the use of strychnine in such areas needs to be reevaluated.

Many places around the world ban the use of strychnine. Since the Canadian government feels compelled to allow the use of such a dangerous substance, provinces and municipalities must be held accountable if proper protocols are not followed. Please take this matter seriously and review Alberta’s use of strychnine in wolf control.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Victor Adam

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19 Comments

  1. Alberta – Canadian home of the rednecks run amok …no surprise here.

  2. Janet Houle says:

    the same country that allows clubbing baby seals to death. they have one of the worst environmental records.

  3. Stop this HORRIFIC ABUSE!!!
    😢

  4. Animal abusers must be exterminated. A slow and agonising death for these vile bastards is essential. I am ready, willing and able to help perform this procedure!!!! OH YESSSS!!!!!!

  5. Muriel Servaege says:

    Baby seals, now wolves. The importance of wolves to maintain the ecological balance has been demonstrated, yet there are selfish people who keep on destroying them. What for? For their fur? Despicable.

  6. Utterly disgusting and revolting that such practices are used. Leave these beautiful creatures alone!

  7. Please stop this HORRIFIC CRUELTY!!!

  8. Patricia Attaway says:

    There are so many petitions about cruelty in Canada.

  9. Robin Abbott says:

    The findings are clear: Our relationship with nature is broken. Scientists Agree: It’s Time to End the War on Wildlife – A growing body of evidence is showing that killing wolves, mountain lions and other carnivores to reduce predation on other wildlife and farm animals is ineffective and devastates ecosystems.

    https://wildearthguardians.org/historical-archive/livestock-losses/?fbclid=IwAR0tfkePjnBx7mYiTlwpKzcL4RGNTks5AH9XiFWSr5AWCirdfw-r9dADj1s

    Having hunters manage conservation is like leaving alcoholics to manage a wine cellar.

  10. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    NO POISON to kill ANY SPECIES. STOP KILLING WOLVES NOW.

  11. Jaime Perez says:

    This is so horrible and inhumane. Leave the wolves alone!!

  12. Kathleen I Nagy-DeRosa says:

    Not only the wolves are affected by these barbaric acts, but any other animal that feeds on the carcass also is poisoned. I believe these unfortunate animals are considered collateral damage. Disgusting and so grossly irresponsible. LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE – PERIOD.

  13. Charleen Murphy says:

    So terrible & inhumane & cruel!! How could you??!! Why would you want to kill or harm any animal for any reason??!! They are innocent, Beautiful, show only unconditional love & need to be left alone by destructive disgusting ppl!

  14. So they kill gophers with strychnine and now they are also killing wolves with it?! Don’t they realize that by killing the wolves, the gopher population increases? Duh!! They must have strychnine all over the place and killing non targeted species. Sounds like the use of cyanide bombs to kill coyotes, etc. So stupid and dangerous!

  15. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, Canada

    Stop using strychnine to poison and kill wolves.

    Approximately 19 wolves are killed each year by strychnine poisoning in Alberta, and government documents have recently come to light that allege the province is failing to adhere to federal instructions regulating the use of the toxin. Call on the federal government to review Alberta’s use of strychnine and ensure proper procedures are being followed.

    Their will be no precious and helpless Wildlife left in America
    if vile and evil Trump and his cronies have their way.

  16. stop human garbage says:

    AND STOP CLUBBING BABY SEALS TO DEATH STOP SLAUGHTERING CANADIAN AND AMERICAN HORSES STOP ACTING LIKE BARBARIANS! ITS 2021 NOW!

  17. “OH CANADA”…..Another cruesom Canadian plunder! Gophers bleeding from every orifice (poisoned), AG-GAG (horrifying acts of cruelty behind locked doors) people murdered trying to protect animals, exports of living animals, etc etc. Now you want to poison wolves, trapping and maiming not cruesom enough for you people? CANADA WAKE UP..PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE ARE ANGRY😡

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