Predator Protection - Canada
Sometimes what’s most effective is also most humane
In Canada, we’re working to get toxic poisons off the landscape, and finding humane ways for humans and animals to coexist with predators.
Government agencies indiscriminately use poisons in an attempt to control wolf and coyote populations.
In Western Canada, strychnine has poisoned more than 93 dogs over the past two decades, and resulted in the unintended deaths of hundreds of wildlife victims, including endangered species.
We know that poisoning wildlife is inhumane – it’s also dangerous to humans and pets.
So, we are vigorously campaigning to end the practice of poisoning predators in Canada. And we’re also working with local communities to promote non-lethal methods to reduce and prevent human-wildlife conflicts.
Poisons used by government agencies are indiscriminate, travelling through food chains and killing hundreds of animals every year including threatened species and pets.
One study from the Canadian Veterinary Journal found toxicity to be the second leading cause of death in dogs, second only to heart disease. And strychnine accounted for 96 percent of those toxic deaths.
Because individual animals matter in conservation, IFAW is challenging the traditional wildlife paradigm with pioneering approaches that demonstrate how people and predators can thrive together.
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