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Wildlife

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  2. Hunting
  3. Trade in Wildlife Parts

Position Statement:

The CFHS supports all steps, including the passage of appropriate legislation, which afford a greater degree of protection for wild animals and their habitat, and reduce the infliction of pain and suffering upon them. The CFHS deplores inordinate destruction of wildlife habitat and ecosystems, as well as pollution of the environment.

The CFHS is opposed to the use of controlling agents that cause animal suffering (e.g., poisons, chemical agents, certain traps, etc.), and accepts only those methods of capture or killing which cause minimal pain, suffering or distress to the animals.

The CFHS supports wildlife management systems designed to maintain sustainable wildlife populations.

Position Statement:

The CFHS accepts the hunting of non-endangered or threatened wild animals only if carried out in a humane, responsible and sustainable manner by qualified and experienced hunters, abiding by applicable laws and regulations, and with minimal infliction of pain, suffering or distress. The CFHS believes hunting should only be carried out for the purposes of individual consumption or well-reasoned purposes.

The CFHS strongly opposes any animal hunt in which the target animal is confined or tame or in which the hunter fires on an animal with a remotely-controlled device.

In addition, the CFHS is opposed to the use of lead shot, since the spent pellets are likely to be ingested by waterfowl and raptors resulting in acute and chronic lead poisoning. The CFHS also opposes the hunting of animals with dogs where the dogs are used to harass wild animals.

Background:
The CFHS encourages the implementation of stringent regulations for hunting, including mandatory training, a minimum age in line with firearms regulations, proper storage of weapons and other provisions. The CFHS also advocates the conservation of wildlife habitat and the implementation of special measures to preserve species that are endangered, threatened or rare.

Penned or ‘canned’ hunting involves stocking a confined area with animals for the purpose of being shot by hunters. This practice involves no sport and no skill on the part of the hunter. The animals have no chance of escape and are often tame. Furthermore, penned hunts may use exotic animals that can present ecological and disease risks to native wildlife.

Internet hunting allows hunters to track and shoot animals remotely, by way of a camera and rifle controlled by computer.

Position Statement:

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies opposes and seeks to eliminate the trade in wildlife parts, due to the individual animal suffering, the threat to species and to established populations.

Background:
The trade in wildlife parts is occurring around the world for products such as remedies, charms, trinkets and trophies. Such trade encourages the indiscriminate slaughter of wildlife; invites illegal trafficking in endangered species; risks inhumane consequences including the slow death of orphaned offspring; and results in wide-spread poaching.

The CFHS supports the establishment and enforcement of legislation prohibiting the trade or possession of wildlife parts, such as bear gall bladders and paws, elephant tusks and seal penises. The CFHS also encourages the education of consumers about the suffering caused by the trade in wildlife parts.

May 2007

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