Pamela Anderson calls on Christy Clark to end B.C. wolf cull
Actress is an honorary director of animal rights group PETA
Pamela Anderson has added her voice to those opposing the B.C. wolf cull, penning an open letter to Premier Christy Clark calling for a better solution to the issue.
"We all want to restore the populations of endangered caribou, but gunning down wolves is not the answer," wrote Anderson, an honorary director of animal rights group PETA.
"For wolves, who usually mate for life and live in close-knit family groups, hunting can devastate entire communities."
Figures for 2015 released by the province indicate 84 wolves were shot to death from helicopters between Jan. 15 and April, the first year of a five-year plan to cull wolves. The cull is part of B.C.'s effort to save endangered mountain caribou.
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Anderson blames human overdevelopment of traditional caribou habitat for the current imbalance.
"Killing every wolf in the country won't save the caribou if the animals have no protected habitat," she writes.
Anderson, a B.C. native from Vancouver Island, also offered to meet the premier to discuss the cull.
The B.C. wolf cull hit international headlines recently after Miley Cyrus launched a petition on social media to stop the controversial practice.
"I am shameless when it comes to making changes in a world that at times needs to re-evaluate its morals when dealing with kindness and compassion towards animals, humanity, and the environment," Cyrus wrote on Instagram. "We can't let another winter pass us by without stopping this mass extermination!"
The premier was less than impressed with Cyrus, responding that the pop star should stick to what she knows and stop interfering in the province's environmental policies.
Clark added that if she ever needs advice on twerking — a provocative dance Cyrus is known for — she'll call her.
In the northern Rocky Mountains, four of seven mountain caribou herds are on the verge of elimination, with just 70 animals among them. While habitat loss and human encroachment are the main causes of the decline of the caribou, predation by wolves is hampering the endangered species' recovery, provincial officials say.