Please oppose Ontario’s proposed Cormorant slaughter! What follows is my personal submission to the Environmental Registry of Ontario. Please write your own, or just copy mine if you must, but submit something! Sources of more information are listed at the end of this post. THE DEADLINE IS 3 JANUARY 2019, SO DO IT NOW. You need to quote the ERO number in your submission.
RE: ERO number 013-4124.
I oppose Ontario’s proposed open season for the wanton slaughter of Double-Crested Cormorants. I also object to the attempt to facilitate the killing of Cormorants by calling these inedible animals ‘game’.
All wild animals have an inherent right to enjoy their lives unmolested, and have an intrinsic value independent of human likes or dislikes. It is simply wrong to kill them for no substantial reason, as is the case with the proposed Cormorant killing season. They are inedible, and, contrary to the baseless assertions of those who hate them, cause no meaningful ecological problems. It appears that the proposed slaughter is motivated by a small minority’s simple hatred for Cormorants.
There is no evidence proving that cormorants are depleting fish stocks or causing any ecological problems whatsoever. The reality is that cormorants are a natural part of Ontario’s rich biodiversity and an ecologically beneficial species, being major predators of invasive fish species, like round gobies and alewives, attracting other waterbirds to their nesting sites, and serving important functions in the ecosystems they inhabit.
Many people value Cormorants as beautiful, valuable and essential members of Ontario’s aquatic ecosystems and are much distressed by the efforts of the Ontario government to facilitate their slaughter.
I oppose the proposal “to list the double-crested cormorant as a game bird, create a hunting season in Ontario for population management and make related changes” as made in ERO number 013-4124.
For more information go to:
TO SUBMIT BY MAIL:
Public Input Coordinator
Species Conservation Policy Branch
300 Water Street
Peterborough ON K9J 8M5
TO SUBMIT ONLINE
THE DEADLINE IS 3 JANUARY 2019