These five healthy baby raccoons would have been euthanized had it not been for a rescuer
who was unprepared to take the governmentís heartless advice.
Like you and I, people are very upset when they discover baby animals in distress like
these two orphaned baby minks and cannot find help for them. However, once again, with another wildlife
birthing season underway, there are thousands of orphaned baby animals being left to die in
Ontario because of arbitrary and unnecessary government regulations.
The major barrier is an unrealistic restriction that limits the release of rehabilitated
orphaned animals to within 15 kilometers of where they were found. This too often means that animals
are dumped back into unsuitable areas and without the critical transitionary care that gives them
their best chance of survival.
Because of this many rehabilitators have reluctantly had to stop caring for wildlife.
As a former wildlife rehabilitator recently wrote "I decided not to renew my Authorization. I refuse to
compromise my integrity by placing myself in a position that would require me to lie in order to provide
responsible care. And I refuse to provide substandard care. Manipulating the books minimizes the issue and
sends out the message that everything is okay - it is not".
This website is proof of the growing number of people who know that things are not okay and are
We are carrying out a survey of candidates running in the Ontario election this fall to ask them to supply
the moral leadership to see this unacceptable situation for wildlife changed. We will be letting you know their
answers before the election.
As one frustrated resident unable to find help for an orphaned baby squirrel wrote,
"what has happened to this province - Iíve lived in many less-prosperous countries where there was a
compassionate response Ė this is certainly not the kind of Ontario that I want to call home".
See backgrounder for further information and
photos. Click to read.
The Ontario Wildlife Coalition
is made up of organizations and
individuals drawn from wildlife
rehabilitation, animal welfare
and environmental interests from
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