UPDATE June 2021: The e-petition received support from 8,929 Canadians, 69% of which were British Columbians. MP Len Webber (Alberta) read the petition in the House of Commons in May 2021. The use of sodium cyanide will not be permitted as of December 31, 2021, as this product has been cancelled by the manufacturer. The use of strychnine and Compound 1080 is still awaiting re-evaluation and final decision from Health Canada.
March 31, 2021
The BC SPCA is urging Canadians to sign a Federal e-petition to end wildlife poisoning by banning the use of strychnine, Compound 1080, and sodium cyanide. These three poisons are known as “predacides” and are allowed to be used in Canada to control large predators (wolves, coyotes, and bears) for the purposes of protecting livestock, vulnerable wildlife species, or the health and safety of people in remote areas.
The use of these poisons is allowed under federal permits, and while not used currently in B.C., their use is well known in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Sadly the poisons are widely acknowledged as inhumane methods of killing animals due to the intensity and duration of suffering they cause – including uncontrollable seizures, and death by asphyxiation, which occurs several hours or even days later depending on the dose.
“These poisons are also indiscriminate and can cause the death of other non-target wild animals, such as foxes, lynx, and eagles, as well as pets and farm animals. They also potentially pose a threat to human health,” says Dr. Andrea Wallace, BC SPCA manager of wild animal welfare. “Once they’re in the environment, they are highly persistent and very hard to control. Carcasses of poisoned animals remain toxic and become another source of poison for non-target animals who die the same painful and prolonged deaths.”
In 2019, the BC SPCA prepared a submission to Health Canada to support the inclusion of humaneness as a criteria for evaluating product approval. “Despite significant feedback, Health Canada decided not to include humaneness in product assessments,” says Wallace “Health Canada’s response stated they will initiate a re-evaluation of strychnine, Compound 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate), and sodium cyanide in 2021. Now is the time to tell Health Canada to ban the use of these poisons indefinitely.”
There is overwhelming scientific evidence that the associated health and environmental risks of strychnine, Compound 1080, and sodium cyanide are unacceptable. “The science is clear,” says Wallace. “The use of these predacides to control wolves and other large vertebrate predators is inhumane, non-selective, and in contravention of other national animal care guidelines and positions of veterinary associations. These products simply shouldn’t be out there in the environment.”
Join the BC SPCA now to tell the federal government to ensure wolves, coyotes, and bears are protected from inhumane deaths across the country.
Sign Federal e-petition e-3047 by April 20th to call upon the Canadian Government to ban the use of strychnine, Compound 1080, and sodium cyanide in all provinces or pledge here and we will remind you before it closes.