By Chris Genovali, Letter to the Windsor Star
Re: Mint sees silver lining with new wolf coin, Postmedia News, Sept. 9.
The Royal Canadian Mint’s silver coin series dedicated to wildlife is laudable. However, the irony of this announcement is inescapable given the level of persecution wolves face across the country.
This is particularly true in British Columbia where an estimated 800 wolves are killed annually for recreational purposes. In addition, B.C. wolves are regularly scapegoated for the decline of everything from marmots to mountain caribou, and then subjected to government-sanctioned culls and lethal “predator control” actions.
Canadians love the iconography of big wildlife, like wolves, grizzly bears and cougars but unfortunately, this fascination with animal symbolism doesn’t seem to translate into policies that further the conservation and welfare of these large carnivores.
CHRIS GENOVALI is the executive director of Raincoast Conservation, Sidney, B.C.