Main Floor, 9920 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta

Killing caribou to feed the beast

Rally: 11:30 am February 13 2008
Main Floor, 9920 108 Street, Edmonton, Alberta

Citizens and Conservationists target the Alberta Government and companies like US Oil Giant ConocoPhillips for destruction of Caribou Habitat and Alberta by Industrial Development and Global Warming.

A rally will take place February 13 at the Sustainable Resource Development office, Main Floor, 9920 108 Street, Edmonton at 11:30 am to highlight the desperate situation of the Little Smoky Caribou, the demise of Alberta’s caribou habitat from industrial development, and from global warming’s devastating impacts on the boreal forest.

The Little Smoky caribou herd is considered at immediate risk of extinction with less than 100 individuals left thanks to the activities of corporations like ConocoPhillips in caribou habitat. While the Alberta Caribou Committee stalls, companies such as Weyco, ANC, West Fraser, Suncor, Encana and ConocoPhillips are racing ahead and further degrading their habitat with industrial development.

A petition submitted almost a year and a half ago to the Federal government asking for the implementation of the emergency provision of the Species at Risk Act has received no response to date. While the caribou committees are trying to plan for caribou recovery the petroleum industry is forging ahead with development in critical threatened caribou habitat. Another 90 new wells will be drilled this year. Furthermore, in a cynical attempt to convince the public it is protecting caribou The Government of Alberta has recently killed approximately 100 wolves and is planning a further cull, instead of protecting caribou habitat. Killing wolves as a public relations ploy is a grave injustice to the wolves and does not protect caribou, protecting caribou habitat helps protect caribou.

Added by AEN on February 11, 2008

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