Magazine article Review - Institute of Public Affairs

War against Fur: Canada Hastens Decline of Environment

Magazine article Review - Institute of Public Affairs

War against Fur: Canada Hastens Decline of Environment

Article excerpt

The unintended consequences of the war against fur have hurt the livelihoods of thousands of Canadian Indians, and have enticed them to replace their lost incomes by welcoming into unspoiled areas the oil, gas and mining interests they once opposed.

The collapse of the fur trade was a disaster for people who are guardians of the environment, say observers.

Trappers who once used to report to environmental groups when logging companies were clear-cutting forests, or to the Canadian military when lowflying jets were disrupting caribou herds, are no longer in a position to perform those custodial roles.

Populations of wolves, once killed by trappers to protect the skins of animals caught in their traps, have soared to the detriment of buffalo and caribou herds.

An explosion in the population of beavers, which were almost extinct a century ago but now number an estimated 20 million in Canada, has caused the flooding of farmland as the animals eagerly pursue their dambuilding. …

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