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Call on Bighorn Helicopters to drop wolf cull contract
Bighorn Helicopters out of Cranbrook, British Columbia, took the contract to slaughter wolves on behalf of the Liberal government and at taxpayers expense. This is the same company that has killed over 1000 wolves in Alberta as part of a failed attempt to recover an endangered caribou herd. Simply put, they are bounty hunters for wolves and have left a trail of blood in their wake.
Wildlife Defence League has launched a campaign against Bighorn Helicopters to demand they end their participation in the unethical, inhumane and unsustainable slaughter of wolves.
We encourage you to call in, e-mail and fax Bighorn Helicopters to make your voice heard in opposition to the killing of wolves in British Columbia.
Listed below is the contact information of the company, templates you can use and actions you can take. Please feel free to write your own e-mail too! We ask that you be polite but stern when you engage with staff. If you are only able to reach a voicemail, please leave a message.
Sustained pressure against the company is key - so please contact them repeatedly and recruit your friends and family to do the same!
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing you as a concerned citizen and taxpayer, whose taxes are being used to pay for your wolf cull contract. I am calling on your company to end its participation in the unethical, inhumane and unsustainable slaughter of wolves from helicopters.
Caribou in both provinces are under threat by development and recreational activities, including snowmobiling. The idea that wolves are responsible for the decline in caribou is based on poor science. The Alberta wolf cull, which your company participated in, failed to recover endangered caribou, and over 1000 wolves were killed in the process.
Wolf culling is a cruel experiment, and one that was proven ineffective in Alberta. Your company's continued participation in the practice in BC reflects a lack of ethics - is this the legacy you want to leave?
Please, find your ethics and drop your kill contract.
WRITE A GOOGLE REVIEW: Google search "Bighorn Helicopters Inc.". On the right-hand side click "Write a Review". (See the screenshot posted in this event). Feel free to use the email template to guide your review or work from the other google reviews submitted.
WRITE A YELP REVIEW:
Cranbrook base: www.yelp.ca/biz/bighorn-helicopters-cranbrook
Fernie base: www.yelp.ca/biz/bighorn-helicopters-fernie
Bighorn Helicopters Inc.
1817 Theatre Road
Cranbrook, BC V1C 7G3
Bighorn Helicopters Inc.
431 Burma Road
Fernie, BC V0B 1M1
Invermere base (at airport):
Invermere, BC V0A 1K2
Clay Wilson, President - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Drozduk, Ops Safety - email@example.com
Carson Damm, Maintenance - firstname.lastname@example.org
Janice Wilson, Controller/Safety Manager - email@example.com
Contact your MLA
Ask them their position on the cull. If they oppose it, ask what they intend to do about it. If they support it, ask why, share your reasons for opposing it and ask that they reconsider.
Below is a letter you can send to Premier Christy Clark, Minister Steve Thomson and Deputy Minister Tim Sheldan
Honourable Premier Christy Clark: PREMIER@gov.bc.ca
Honourable Minister Steve Thomson: FLNR.firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com
Deputy Minister Tim Sheldan: tim.Sheldan@gov.bc.ca
I am writing you as a concerned citizen to express my strong opposition to the BC Liberal’s tax-payer funded wolf cull as an attempt to save endangered caribou in the province.
Extensive research has shown that industrial development and habitat loss and fragmentation are to blame for the decline in caribou and not wolves. The consequences of such development and destruction to critical habitat have been known for decades, yet the government continues to push endangered caribou herds towards extinction.
Killing wolves to save caribou is a scientifically flawed approach and, simply put, is an irresponsible biological experiment. The data elicited from the Alberta wolf cull proved that removing apex predators did not recover threatened caribou there either. In addition to being ill-informed and ineffective, the slaughtering of wolves results in indefensible suffering. The use of inhumane methods, including aerial gunning and snaring, causes excessive stress and is not conducive to a quick and painless death. Ultimately, the ends do not justify the means. Even if it were to be an effective tactic, killing one species to save another is unethical. It’s a dangerous strategy to employ and one that fails to address the root causes of species decline in the first place.
The provincial wolf cull attempts to give the appearance of government action to protect caribou when in reality, it fails to address the root causes or provide an adequate solution to the problem of caribou decline.
I am calling on the province to halt the wolf cull immediately and take the necessary steps to establish fully-protected caribou habitat.