Sask. minister says dead coyote photo lacks 'tact'

Environment minister Ken Cheveldayoff said he's disappointed by a photo of several dead coyotes in a truck, but there are no plans to introduce new legislation that would prevent it from happening again.

Government has no plans to introduce new laws on transporting dead animals

A recent photo of dead coyote carcasses has sparked heated debate online in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan's environment minister says the photo of a truckload of coyote carcasses parked at a Saskatoon drive-thru has left him disturbed and disappointed. 

Saskatchewan environment minister Ken Cheveldayoff. (CBC)

​Ken Cheveldayoff said the image, which began circulating online earlier this week, shows a lack of tact. But he's not prepared to introduce legislation that would make it mandatory to hide animal carcasses from sight.

"These were brought to an urban setting. They were in a commercial drive-thru," Cheveldayoff said"You can't legislate tact, but in this case I think something more could have been done."

Ontario has a law that requires anyone transporting a dead animal to keep it out of public sight. However, Cheveldayoff said he'd prefer to educate people rather than create a similar law in Saskatchewan.