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To Premier Eves & Ottawa MPPs
animals to the Wildlife Centre for critical rehabilitation
Update: May 2, 2003 - MNR has released these animals in the rabies hot zone on crown
land in Southeastern Ontario. They were apparently "hard"
released i.e. left there without the benefit of any
further rehabilitation to learn crucial skills such as foraging
or climbing and presumably no way to check on their progress.
Read MNR press release.
March 31, 2003. The
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) seized 40 young
animals from the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre last September,
an unjustified action that has outraged residents in Eastern
The admission by MNR Minister Jerry Ouellette that the animals
have been separated and are being caged individually has
appalled wildlife rehabilitation experts in Canada and the
United States. Seven months, caged alone and isolated, in
a research facility, is cruel treatment for sociable animals.
It is not only inhumane but in contravention of basic
international wildlife rehabilitation standards.
The MNR has acknowledged that the animals will be released this
spring. However, the Wildlife Centre needs 6-8 weeks to
rectify the damage that MNR has done by separating these highly
social animals. The Centre needs to get the animals back
to a proper rehab facility where they can be rehabilitated and
re-socialized to ensure they have some chance of survival on
release. Otherwise, they will have none.
The Centre has an application that will be heard by the court on
April 17th for the return of the animals but we are asking for
the leadership of the Premier and local Tory MPPs to do the
right thing in not waiting until then. Every day counts for
these animals. It is unconscionable that they have been
kept this long. Ottawa residents brought these young
animals to a rehabilitation centre for care and release not to
be dragged off and held in a research facility in a manner that
violates humane standards of care. We expect more from our
The next 3 weeks are critical !! A brief e-mail
from you, your family and your friends can make the difference
for these animals. Please take a few minutes to help them.
Send a message to your MPP and copy those below.
We suggest also copying the following on
any emails sent:
Liberal critic for MNR,
here for full address lists of newspapers and politicians