Liberal MLA David Swann is calling out the NDP Government for their half-measure reform on wildlife rehabilitation that only allows for wildlife rehabilitation of orphaned black bear cubs:
“Sadly, this is yet another example of the NDP doing the bear minimum on environmental and progressive issues.”
Dr. David Swann tabled a petition with over 20 thousand signatures demanding the Minister of Environment and Parks to reassess, update, and complete written protocols for all species on which restrictions on rehabilitation or fostering are placed earlier this month.
That pushed the NDP Government to announce they were lifting the ban on rehabilitating orphan black bear cubs but the government hasn’t extended this to all mammals.
Swann stated, “I’m disappointed that NDP Government can’t use the existing research to permit rehabilitation of other mammals.”
“We need to improve protocols for species for which there are rehabilitation restrictions.”
“Grizzly cubs are particularly vulnerable as an at-risk species. It is troubling that this Government did not consider their protection important enough to include in this policy change.
“We have a moral responsibility to help ensure the health of species in our ecosystem. Restricting rehabilitation permits prevents injured and orphaned animals from receiving the assistance and rehabilitation they need.”