Zoocheck works to counter the non-scientific, politically-driven persecution of wild animals under the guise of wildlife management.
Throughout the world many wild animals have been wrongly blamed for damaging natural environments, disrupting ecosystems or for being a nuisance to people. Millions of these animals have been persecuted, killed and, in some cases, eliminated entirely.
For many years, governments have been at the forefront of wildlife persecution. They have targeted numerous species under the guise of maintaining the balance of nature or preserving ecological integrity. They scapegoat particular wildlife species and blame them for a wide range of issues, when there is little or no evidence that the animals are having any negative effect at all. Governments often seem to ignore the fact that healthy natural systems are dynamic, in a constant state of flux and that negative change and uncertainly will only increase because of increased human activities, climate change and other factors.
In North America the list of wrongly persecuted animals includes, but is not limited to, bald eagles, loons, cormorants, magpies, bobolinks, beavers, squirrels, deer, bison, horses, burros, coyotes, wolves and bears.
Blaming wild animals for problems (or perceived problems) that are clearly human-caused, where the animals are just one component of many in very complex natural systems or just because they may inconvenience a small number of people is unscientific and unethical.