The Fur-Bearers has joined a coalition of non-government organizations (NGOs) calling on the province of Manitoba to abandon Bill 22, which would loosen restrictions on cosmetic pesticides.
In a letter to which The Fur-Bearers are a signatory, it is explained that scientific evidence is clear: many pesticides pose serious risks to the health of animals, as well as humans and the environment.
“We urge you to protect domestic and wild animals across the province and withdraw Bill 22,” the letter reads. “Cosmetic pesticide bans work, and are being increasingly adopted in jurisdictions and across the world. Increasing the use of cosmetic pesticides would set Manitoba apart as an outlier.”
The legislation would also be counter to the growing understanding and need for a One Health approach. The letter can be viewed below. Signatories include Animal Justice, The Winnipeg Humane Society, The Little Red Barn Micro Sanctuary, World Animal Protection, Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre, Free From Farm Sanctuary, Save A Dog Network Canada, Humane Society International/Canada, D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre, Manitoba Animal Save, and The Fur-Bearers.
Manitoba residents are encouraged to write to Minister of Environment, Climate and Parks Jeff Wharton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and their Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), asking them to withdraw Bill 22 and keep existing restrictions in place. Manitoba residents can click here to find their MLA.
- Always be polite and respectful. Threatening, offensive, or violent language is not appropriate.
- Keep to the point of the issue to ensure it is clearly heard, and not confused or buried by unnecessary information.
- Ask your MLA for a response with their proposed plan of action, and follow-up if you don’t receive one.
- Pull facts and data from the letter below or by visiting the Animal Justice blog (click here).