Updated: 18 Jan 2008
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Ministry of Natural Resources and itís history with maintaining
election/platform promises has been sad where Wildlife Rehabilitators
are concerned. Operating
under the rules and regulations of the Fish
& Wildlife Act, the policies and procedures for Wildlife
Custodians change every time thereís an election; however, the last
changes this Ministry wanted to make caused an uproar with the wildlife
custodians across the province.
this time, as some members felt that the MNR would never change and
regardless of the new conditions, just wanted to continue rehabbing;
others felt they didnít have the conviction to continue rehabbing
under the new proposed conditions. The
group, as we knew it, subsequently divided and renamed themselves
Wildlife Guardians. Personally,
seeing the group split was a very difficult time for me.
While I agreed that a political aspect was required, and, at one
point, was embarrassed and actually ashamed that Iíd become a rehabber
in the first place, it was no longer in my nature to get involved
politically and felt more comfortable continuing to do what I thought
was best and let the political group go ahead and do what they thought
Ministry regulations for raising wildlife have changed over the last couple of years; and, more recently, have, in the view of not all rehabbers, made it more difficult for those interested in rehabbing. The controversy will continue until some of the regulations are amended to reflect a more conducive working relationship between rehabber and Ministry officials.