Ask The City of Toronto to properly train wildlife control companies

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The City of Toronto wants to licence pest control companies, to make sure that they treat wildlife humanely. This is an important step, but the proposed changes will be too weak. The proposed training session would be a one day event run by a biased industry group, the Ontario Structural Pest Manager's Association. It would be better if all new recruits would have to have had experience working with wildlife at a rehab centre, vet clinic, or animal shelter. The training should be conducted by the humane shelter Toronto Wildlife Centre, not an industry group. Also, rabies vaccines for workers will only be recommended, not mandatory. This is a real occupation hazard, considering the recent rabies outbreak in nearby Hamilton. Of most concern, is that lethal control, while discouraged, will not be banned. Lethal control of healthy wildlife must be banned, along with cruel traps and weapons.

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