This ALERT WAS RECEIVED YESTERDAY .
The fate of Ontario’s coyotes and other wildlife will soon be determined.
For those who have written letters condemning the illegal coyote killing contests, your voices have gained the attention of politicians. It is the next step, however, that you and I take that will make a difference in the outcome for wildlife.
As many of us have learned, the Minister of Natural Resources is working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, farmers and rural municipalities to develop a long-term coyote and ‘nuisance’ wildlife management strategy.
However, Ontario’s wildlife “belongs” to all of us! It should not just be up to farmers and natural resource or hunting interests to decide the fate of our wildlife. Particularly, given the ill-informed and brutal approach taken to coyotes in this province.
A proposed Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Strategy was quietly posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry in late February, with the public consultation closing deadline set for April 11, 2011.
This strategy aims to increase compensation for farmers for loss of crops and livestock due to wildlife predation,
But it aims to decrease the cost of compensation by increasing opportunities to kill ‘nuisance’ wildlife through increased hunting opportunities. It also expands the list of wildlife that can be killed.
The list now is expanded to include: cougars, lynx, bobcat, ravens, eagles, hawks, crows, turkey vultures, weasels, raccoons, mink and elk.
This strategy is ill-conceived. For example, turkey vultures eat only dead things. And farmers are no longer required to learn preventive methods to avoid wildlife predation. Consultations were limited to select agricultural organizations.
Our voice is now critical. Wildlife protection organizations will be sending detailed responses. However, it will be the response, however brief, from members of the public like you that will make the difference. Please take a few minutes to send in your comments.
|The clock is ticking for Ontario’s coyotes and other wildlife. A proposed Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Strategy will soon determine whether the mindless and cruel persecution of wildlife continues in Ontario or whether our province joins other more civilized jurisdictions in implementing progressive strategies that promote coexistence.
Please use the online form posted on the EBR to send your comments to Yves Tremblay at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs before April 11, 2011. It is crucial that they hear your views and not just those with hunting, farming and natural resource interests. Click here to bring up the form, enter your information and click “Save” to send.
HELPFUL TIP: We suggest that after you click the “Save” button that you copy and paste your letter from the confirmation page into an email for Step 2. If you do not know how to ‘copy and paste’, simply re-type your comments into the email.
Step 2: Please also send your comments by email
With subject line: “Agriculture-Wildlife Strategy Must Respect Biodiversity” to:
It is just as important to copy cc:
Tips for letter writing
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Contact Premier Dalton McGuinty
Hon. Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources
Hon. Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Andrea Horwath, Leader, NDP