Miley Cyrus Heads Into the Wild to Stop Wolf Culling: 'I Can't Believe I'm Not a Biologist'
The singer speaks out in a video of her trip to British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest
Miley Cyrus is showing her passion for wildlife conservation.
The singer, 22, and her brother Braison Cyrus, 21, visited British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest with the Pacific Wild non-profit organization last weekend.
In a series of Instagram posts and a video the conservation group released, Cyrus takes aim at wolf culling and grizzly bear hunting, joining a controversial debate in Western Canada. British Columbia’s wolf kills are in place to protect caribou, an endangered species that falls prey to wolves. The province’s policy has been questioned by many conservationists.
“When I first spoke out, I knew in my heart that the wolf cull was wrong,” Cyrus said in a post on Pacific Wild’s website. “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.”
Cyrus said her time with researchers in the wild also forced her to question her purpose in life.
“… You start thinking, ‘OK, what I do is really unimportant,'” she explained. “But if I didn’t do those things, I wouldn’t have the voice that I have to be the megaphone for what these amazing people have researched for so long and can teach me.”
She added, “I’m like, ‘I can’t believe I’m not a biologist and I’m a pop star. That’s ridiculous.’ But that’s given me such a platform.”
After heading home, Cyrus took to Instagram with a handful of photos from her and Braison’s visit.
In an Instagram post earlier this month, Cyrus called on her followers to sign a petition against wolf culling, writing, in part, “We can’t let another winter pass us by without stopping this mass extermination!”
Pamela Anderson hails from the region and has also spoken out on the issue. In an open letter to British Columbia premier Christy Clark posted to her website on Thursday, Anderson said she is “deeply disturbed that my beloved province is allowing people to hunt and kill wolves.”
Clark addressed their comments in a press conference on Friday, saying, “I want to make sure that Miley knows that I’m willing to sit down and twerk it out.”
She added, “Both Pamela Anderson and Miley Cyrus, when they open up their closets, they probably don’t find a lot of clothes.”
Then Clark got serious, saying, “We’re trying to defend an endangered species and population of caribou that will go utterly extinct in British Columbia if we don’t do this. I just hope that they really work a little to understand the issue.”