Toronto, April 20/2009 - The Humane Society of Canada is asking the City of Toronto and the City's Animal Services Department to be open and transparent with how they deal with "Neville" the Coyote: our open letter to Mayor Miller and City Council.
In correspondance with local resident Katherine Blake, who has spearheaded a petition to save "Neville", Mary Lou Leiher, Supervisor Toronto Animal Services, has indicated that the City and her department will act without the supervision or input of the concerned parties' whose tireless efforts resulted in the City's change of heart and their current plan of sparing Nevill's life, humanely trapping him instead of destroying the coyote.
The Humane Society of Canada has also heard a rumour that once captured, "Neville" would be sent to a zoo, something the animal charity opposes. "Time after time, the provincial government has failed miserably to introduce a licensing system or any meaningful laws to protect wildlife in zoos, and "Neville" should not join those wild animals already suffering in captivity," said O’Sullivan.
A letter from The Humane Society of Canada to Toronto Mayor Miller and City Council can be found here and a copy of their letter to the Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources can be found here.
"If City Council is really serious about saving wildlife and animals, then why do they allow Toronto Animal Services to kill nearly every wild animal and bird they handle; and nearly every second dog and cat that enters their animal pounds ? Politicians don’t change because they see the light, they change because they feel the heat," said O’Sullivan.
"Our family has lived in the Beaches for many years, and as someone who cares about people, pets and wildlife, I share everyone’s concern. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families whose pets have been harmed. However, killing "Neville" the coyote will not bring him back, nor will it stop a second coyote from moving in to fill the habitat left behind. We need to remember that Toronto is built around an interconnecting system of ravines which act like natural corridors for wildlife. We have seen everything from foxes to deer in the city. Along with Toronto’s waterfront, we are truly blessed with an abundance of wildlife, and we all need to get along" explains O’Sullivan. "More violence is not the answer."
The Humane Society of Canada is also calling on everyone to help achieve a peaceful solution by not feeding "Neville", and by following a number of additional ways to help which can be found here.
"This kind of incident could happen anywhere in Toronto and we are urging every citizen in Toronto to write directly to their Councillor and call for a peaceful solution, and to their Provincial Member of Parliament to make certain that "Neville" is relocated to the wilderness and not killed. A list of City Councillors can be found here
CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com
[A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 100 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]
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Here's Neville the coyote himself:
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