Created on Sunday, 14 December 2008 19:33
Written by Press Release
my letter to MOE re: predator kills, Wild Horse and Wolf Kills
by Barbara Murray
ello Everyone here is my letter to MOE re: predator kills, Wild Horse and Wolf Kills, (see action alert below).
Dear Minister Penner; I write to you asking that you bring some rational and sanity to the issue that was exposed in The Sun Newspaper on Dec 6th; â€˜Gov't Paid to have Chilcotin's Wild Horses Shot for Wolf Baitâ€™. This utterly bizarre scenario just makes British Columbia and its citizens look ridiculous and backward.
I understand that the ranchers and loggers have their own special concerns that your government is favoring but their concerns should not be confused with what is necessary to save the caribou. Obviously over the years commercial ventures such as logging, ranching, mining, drilling, hydro-power etcâ€¦have taken priority over sustaining wildlife and now many of our wildlife are either threatened or endangered. Commonsense tells us that to save the caribou and other species we have to protect where they live without interference from overt human activity.
I respectfully request that you are honest with the citizens of British Columbia and put a stop to this ridiculous program of predator control. You must know, as most do, that this program is a short-term fix that will ultimately fail and upsets the overall natural balance, possibly endangering other species.
Please Minister, when there are issues like the extinction of our caribou before and you are unable to act due to your governmentâ€™s economic priorities, be honest and admit it. Whatever you do, donâ€™t use other species as â€˜scapegoatsâ€™ and just start shooting them! This is fraudulent, inhumane and irresponsible behavior.
Please help make B.C.â€™s government more honest and transparent in 2009! Please help shift the governmentâ€™s priorities to those that protect our most valuable and necessary asset, our environment!
Letter dated Dec 14
On December 6, 2008, I read a front page article in the Vancouver Sun here in Vancouver BC, Canada. Last winter our government hired economically needy aboriginals to shoot wild horses in Chilcotin, BC and plan to repeat this practice during this winter. Why? Apparently to use the horsesâ€™ bodies for wolf bait in order to kill wolves and thereby boost the numbers of Caribou in the region. Please read the link below:
We have no protection for wild horses in Canada so I am writing to anyone I can think of in order to put pressure on the government. That is already happening so we have to increase it and keep it up.
For more information regarding these magnificent horses that have survived in the Chilcotin for over 200 years please go to the FRIENDS OF NEMAIAH VALLEY website: www.fonv.ca or contact them by email:
or Phone: 250-592-1088. They are located in Victoria, BC and are working to have the area declared a preserve in order to protect the horses and other wildlife.
What you can do:
Please pass on this action alert to anyone you can think of that may be interested in helping.
If you can help, please contact the Friends of Nemaiah Valley for information and suggestions
I know you are all busy with helping horses in your areas but if you could manage an email to the following politicians that would be great:
The Honourable Barry Penner, Minister of Environment at:
Phone: 250-387-1187 Fax: 250-387-1356
The Honourable Pat Bell, Minister of Forests and Range at:
Phone: 250-387-6240 Fax: 250-387-1040
The Honourable Premier Gordon Campbell at:
Phone: 250-387-1715 Fax: 250-387-0087
MAIL: PO Box 9041 Stn. Prov. Govâ€™t
Victoria BC V8W 9E1
I have already written to them and copied the email to every sitting Member of the Legislature.