By Gary R. Allan and Brad Hill, 25 Jul 2014, TheTyee.ca
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” If true, then the attitudes and actions of the Government of British Columbia toward the grey wolf (Canis lupus) found in their new wolf management plan strongly suggest B.C. is moving away from greatness, and that it’s going through a period of extreme moral regression.
On April 17, the government released its long-awaited and updated wolf management plan. In its accompanying news release it stated, “the last wolf management plan was prepared in 1979, and the new plan provides a substantive update in the science guiding the conservation and management of wolves.”
After closely comparing the 1979 and 2014 wolf management plans, we strongly believe this claim is false. The 1979 plan was more consistent with what modern science has since revealed about the grey wolf.