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Public consultation on

Humane Vertebrate Pest Control


For the first time, Canada's decision-makers are asking for public input about humaneness and the use of poisons used to killed wildlife in Canada.
Our collective pressure to ban cruel and dangerous wildlife poisons across Canada is working and this consultation process is a direct result of it!  

We can’t let up now. 

Until April 18th, Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency is seeking public input about future use and humaneness of the toxic trio you've help been a voice against; Strychnine, Compound 1080, Sodium Cyanide. 
Don’t miss this critical chance to Voice-In as part of a growing collective against poisoning wildlife! 

The form below provides answers to the 3 Consultation questions:



Should PMRA include humaneness considerations as part of the pesticide registration process for products intended to control large vertebrate predators? If so, what would be the best options and approaches for doing so?


Should PMRA develop public information, such as best practices/ standards on humaneness considerations, that pesticide users could take into account when deciding whether to use a pesticide for controlling large vertebrate predators?  If so, what kind of information would be most useful?


In either case, what should be the parameters to measure humaneness?

What the consult is about:

  • There are currently three poisons used to kill large vertebrate predators (specifically: wolves, coyotes and black bears) in Canada: strychnine, sodium fluoroacetate (Compound 1080), and sodium cyanide.  All three are being used in Alberta, and federal permits for use can be applied for from any province/territory.

  • For the purpose of this consultation, the focus is limited to questions surrounding humaneness - if and how to address this ethical obligation when it comes to pesticides.

  • Alberta is the only province to use all three of these cruel and reckless poisons. 

  • Alberta continues to use strychnine in the Little Smoky area (targeting wolves) this winter despite recommendations made in 2018 by Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency to stop the use of 2% liquid strychnine due to the dangers it poses.  Strychnine in the predacidal dose used each winter in the Little Smoky since 2005 is much more potent and deadly, yet Alberta has its head in the (oil) sand(s) when it comes to concerns raised about this unethical management practice.

  • Compound 1080 and strychnine are widely acknowledged as inhumane methods of killing animals due to the intensity and duration of the suffering they cause. Animals that ingest it can suffer excruciating pain for several hours; even days before finally losing consciousness.   Sodium cyanide is faster acting, but the severity of pain and anxiety experienced by victims is still highly unacceptable to be considered a method of responsible wildlife management.

Decision-makers your letter is being sent to:

Federal Government:


Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Health Canada

Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)
Health Canada

2720 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Address Locator: 6607D
K1A 0K9

Telephone: 613-736-3799
Toll-free: 1-800-267-6315
Facsimile: 613-736-3758
Teletypewriter: 1-800-465-7735 (Service Canada)

Dr. Richard Aucoin

Executive Director

Pesticide Management and Regulatory Agency


Honourable Jason Kenney

Premier of Alberta

Honourable Shannon Phillips

Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks

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