Middle Island, part of Point Pelee National Park, is a small island in the western Lake Erie basin that is home to a wide variety of wildlife. But the ecological integrity of Middle Island is now being challenged by Parks Canada, the very agency charged with its protection.
A proposal to micro-manage, impair and possibly damage Middle Island’s natural processes, in ways that may include the slaughter and disturbance of wildlife, is now being considered. Insidiously proposed as a conservation strategy, the proposal will negatively impact on the natural evolution of Middle Island in an effort to maintain and control it in a static and artificial state. The Parks Canada proposal specifically singles out Double-crested cormorants, a native colonial water bird, by claiming that their numbers are threatening the island and that thousands of them need to be slaughtered.
Double-crested cormorants are a native Ontario water bird and a part of the natural ecology of Middle Island. The Parks Canada proposal to manage them is ill-conceived, short sighted, a waste of resources and enormously cruel.
Raise this issue today with Premier Dalton McGuinty! Let them know that the killing of cormorants is an archaic, destructive and cruel method of wildlife management that has no scientific or ecological justification.
Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Fax: (416) 325-3745