Officials in Windsor, Ontario are feeling the backlash from animal advocates over the city’s new plan to control “nuisance” skunks.
Last week the city announced it will be allocating $80,000 towards a skunk removal program that entails trapping and killing most, if not all, of them, instead of releasing them elsewhere. City administrators voted in support of the plan, which was introduced by Ward 3 Councillor Fulvio Valentinis, in an effort to address residents who have been complaining.
However, opponents of the measure are speaking out on behalf of skunks, including dozens of emails sent to officials through an alert set up by PETA objecting to the plan, claiming that trapping and killing skunks is not an appropriate or humane option for dealing with them.
“It’s not going to be effective over the long-term . . . nature will fill the vacuum,” said Melanie Coulter, executive director of the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society.
Coulter also points out that almost no other cities go this route for skunk control. Cambridge is the only other city in Ontario that has a similar program.
“We would have much preferred the city follow the path of a lot of other municipalities . . . education,” said Coulter.
Opponents believe that taking preventive measures to deter skunks would make more sense. Simple changes from using skunk-proof garbage cans to keep them out of the trash and remove a major food source and making areas under porches and buildings where they nest inaccessible would be a more effective solution.
“The whole thing is prevention and no one prevents,” said licensed trapper Ted Foreman, who has been receiving numerous calls about skunks.
Please sign the petition asking the Windsor City Council to reconsider their plans to educate the public and adopt a cruelty-free method of skunk control.
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