End the use of inhumane poisons in Canada

A photo of a skunk
Striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) can be found across Canada, and become particularly active in late summer, as kits find new homes for themselves.
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The Fur-Bearers has submitted comments for Health Canada’s consultation on the use of strychnine and sodium monofluoroacetate (compound 1080).

We have expressed opposition to the continued use of these poisons in Canada and have called for a ban on their use. These poisons are used to kill wildlife and result in severe pain and suffering to animals who ingest them.

The consultation document notes that strychnine is used to kill coyotes, bears, skunks, and wolves in Alberta. For example, strychnine is used in the province’s wolf cull program. Compound 1080 is used to kill coyotes and wolves in the province, primarily by the animal agriculture sector to protect farmed animals from predation. We oppose the use of these poisons and urge governments and industry to adopt non-lethal, humane alternatives to the issues identifed by Health Canada in the consultation document.

The Fur-Bearers has also signed on to a joint submission with organizations across Canada including Animal Justice, Coyote Watch Canada, David Suzuki Foundation. and Cochrane Ecological Institute. Click the following links to read the submisisons.

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