Entertainer Miley Cyrus and her brother, Braison, spent the weekend on B.C.’s central coast, as the pop star visited Klemtu to meet First Nations and discuss the province’s plan for an expanded wolf kill.
A video was posted to YouTube of her travelling in a boat with a dozen or so locals and joining them in song.
Earlier this month, Cyrus asked her Instagram followers to sign a petition by Pacific Wild, a local conservation group, aimed at stopping the killings. The petition has since grown to almost 200,000 signatures.
According to Pacific Wild, the sister and brother-duo spent two days with members of the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nation, two biologists and an American ecologist.
“When I first spoke out, I knew in my heart that the wolf cull was wrong,” Miley said in a statement from Pacific Wild. “But after this visit, I know science is on my side, not just on the wolf cull, but also on the trophy hunt issue.
“Both are unsustainable and both are horrific. Both have to end,” she said.
Both Miley and B.C.-native Pamela Anderson have recently criticized the hunt. On Thursday, Anderson called on B.C. Premier Christy Clark to find a better solution to save caribou than the slaughter of wolves.
In response to Cyrus, Clark said she didn’t think the American singer knew enough about B.C.’s environmental plan to save caribou herds to be jumping into the debate, The Canadian Press reported.
“If we need help on our twerking policy in the future, perhaps we can go and seek her advice,” Clark said on Friday.
In an open letter to the B.C. premier, Anderson said she’s “deeply disturbed that my beloved province is allowing people to hunt and kill wolves.”
“We all want to restore the populations of endangered caribou, but gunning down wolves is not the answer,” the honorary director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in the letter.” Rather than spending millions in taxpayer dollars to kill more animals, we need to invest in a plan to protect Canada’s forestland.”
B.C. is aiming to increase the number of wolves it kills this winter in the second year of a plan to save endangered caribou.
–with files from The Canadian Press