The Canadian government allows the deadly poisons — strychnine, sodium cyanide and Compound 1080 — to be used in Alberta and Saskatchewan to kill wolves, bears and coyotes. But every year the widespread and poorly regulated use of these indiscriminate poisons results in the agonising and painful deaths of not only these species, but also pet dogs, endangered species and other non-target animals.
Our global petition helped ensure strychnine was not used for wolf control by the province of Alberta last year — and we’re delighted to announce the same for this year. However, there’s still more work to be done to keep this cruel method of extermination by poisoning off the table forever. We are now at a critical crossroads to urge the Canadian government to stop the use of poisons to kill wolves and other wildlife once and for all.
There is no question about it: a prolonged and painful death by poison is inhumane. There is sufficient scientific evidence to end the ineffective, unnecessary and cruel use of these lethal substances. These poisons have no place in modern wildlife policy. Now is the time to speak up and take action!