This is no way for a wild animal to die

Wolf in the Spray Valley. Photo by Dale Meier

A crime against nature

This makes me cry. This makes me angry. It doesn’t have a lot to do with skiing except for the fact that I believe most cross-country skiers have a healthy respect for nature, and would abhor this.

I was thrilled last winter to see wolf tracks in the snow in Peter Lougheed Prov Park. Fortunately, wolves have some protection while in the park, but as soon as they venture onto onto unprotected crown land, or private land, they can suffer the cruellest of fates. Don’t look at this if you’re disturbed by graphic images. Alaska Magazine editor slams trapping. This is reprehensible.

This situation occurred in Alaska, but it also happens daily right here in our own province. Trapping is allowed in Alberta today, on crown lands, and our beautiful wild animals suffer needlessly.

You can help by contacting your MLA and asking for an immediate end to this barbaric practice. Another thing you can do is support one of our advertisers The association for the protection of fur-bearing animals.

You can see more photos of the Spray Valley Wolves.

If you can’t bear to look at the photo and read the story, this comment from a reader sums it up pretty good:

“If someone deliberately inflicted this kind of pain and injury on a dog, it would be considered animal cruelty… but setting out to do this to a wolf is LEGAL?  Preposterous!  I’m sorry, but if you value your tradition so much that you are willing to make another creature suffer for it this way, you are messed up.  “Traditions” like this belong on the ash heap, right next to slavery, dog fighting, and other activities that were once considered an acceptable part of people’s heritage.”

Of relevance: City’s fur ban a first step in ending cruel industry

Video from a southern Alberta trapper: Crying Shame

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