The politics surrounding British Columbia’s wolf cull took an interesting turn earlier this month when Miley Cyrus came in like a wrecking ball and issued a number of social media posts to call out, and put an end to the cull. Premier Christy Clark fired back by telling the singer to “stick to twerking”.
To add to the “BC Beef”, another celebrity is voicing her opinion, but this one actually grew up in British Columbia.
On September 17th, Pamela Anderson penned an open letter to Christy Clark, in an effort to find an alternative to the wolf issue. See below.
I am proud to tell people that I hail from British Columbia, and I spend a great deal of my time on Vancouver Island. But as an honorary director of PETA, I won’t hold my tongue when I witness cruelty to animals, and I am deeply disturbed that my beloved province is allowing people to hunt and kill wolves.
We all want to restore the populations of endangered caribou, but gunning down wolves is not the answer. Hunting is a grossly inefficient method of wildlife control, because more animals will simply move into the less-populous area to replace the ones who have been killed. For wolves, who usually mate for life and live in close-knit family groups, hunting can devastate entire communities. Many animals experience prolonged, painful deaths when hunters severely injure but fail to kill them. And hunting disrupts the delicate balance of the ecosystem.
Caribou are threatened because humans have overdeveloped their habitat. Rather than spending millions in taxpayer dollars to kill more animals, we need to invest in a plan to protect Canada’s forestland, which would also preserve the habitats of many other species, offset carbon emissions, and, because the forest acts as a natural water filter, provide everyone with cleaner water. Killing every wolf in the country won’t save the caribou if the animals have no protected habitat.
I’d be happy to meet with you to discuss further how British Columbians can protect our beautiful land and all its inhabitants.
For those getting up to date with the news, the wolf cull, in short, is a 5-year B.C. program that is hopeful of saving endangered mountain caribou by killing B.C. wolves. The wolves hunt Caribou, and are reportedly a major source related to the decline of caribou in the province. On the flip side of the coin, animal activists and spokespersons, including Anderson, are blaming human over-development as the primary source forcing the downsize of caribou habitat.
Your move Christy.