PEI trapping report slammed by wildlife charity

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A dog walks down Prince Edward Island's Confederation Trail in autumn.
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A government-commissioned report on trapping is heavily biased and inappropriate to inform decision-making in Prince Edward Island, says wildlife charity The Fur-Bearers. In an open letter, the organization is calling out the report’s pro-trapping bias and its failure to include key information like the number of dogs who were injured and killed by traps in the province in recent years.

PEI’s Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Action, Stephen Myers, asked his department to commission an independent report to review trapping in the province. The report was tabled in the PEI legislative assembly on November 28, 2023. This report was tabled on the same day that a petition with over 500 signatures calling for an end to trapping and snaring was introduced in the legislative assembly.

“Impartiality and objectivity are paramount in public policy decisions that affect the citizens of Prince Edward Island, especially the issue of trapping, a licensed, commercial activity that poses a risk to public safety and harms both domestic and wild animals,” says Aaron Hofman, Director of Advocacy and Policy at The Fur-Bearers. “While the views of various stakeholders and perspectives should be considered in decision-making around trapping, affiliations must be disclosed, and the influence of competing interests balanced.”

The Fur-Bearers is releasing data obtained through freedom of information requests from PEI’s Department of Justice and Public Safety to fill a critical gap in the commissioned report. This data shows the number of reported incidents of companion animals becoming caught in traps and snares in recent years.

Domestic animals caught/injured/killed by traps in PEI (2019 – 2022)

Date
Species
Location
Type
Nov. 26, 2019
Dog
Chepstow
Snare
Dec. 22, 2019
Dog
Souris River
Snare
Dec. 22, 2019
Dog
Souris River
Snare
Jul. 28, 2020
Dog
Nail Pond
Trap
Feb. 1, 2021
Dog
Peakes
Snare
Dec. 22, 2021
Dog
Dingwells Mills
Snare
Nov. 3, 2022
Dog
Wrights Creek
Trap
Dec. 30, 2022
Dog
Kildare Capes
Snare

Table 1: Information obtained from the PEI Department of Justice and Safety

The open letter calls on the province to commission a new, independent report to review trapping in the province.

You can read the letter below, or by downloading the PDF by clicking here.

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