Tell the Secretary of Agriculture to End the Senseless Poisoning of Wildlife

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Originally Posted: 4 October 2009

Tell the Secretary of Agriculture to End the Senseless Poisoning of Wildlife

From National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Stop using Compound 1080 and Sodium Cyanide M-44 devices immediately to kill wildlife on our public lands.

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Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
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INFORMATION

Your agency's Wildlife Services animal extermination program is currently using two highly toxic poisons on our public lands: Compound 1080 and Sodium Cyanide. Deploying these deadly poisons to kill nearly 13,000 animals a year is unnecessary, hazardous, and cruel. It's time to call an immediate halt to this outdated and dangerous practice.

These two poisons are indiscriminate, killing hundreds of non-target animals each year including wolves, badgers, bears, bobcats, foxes and dogs. Target and non-target animals killed by these toxins suffer unnecessarily painful deaths as they experience convulsions, central nervous system failure, cardiac failure and suffocation.

Compound 1080 and Sodium Cyanide also threaten human safety. Such poisons have no place on our public lands where dogs, hikers and even children can be exposed.

I urge you to direct Wildlife Services to discontinue the use of Compound 1080 and Sodium Cyanide M-44 devices immediately. There are already a wide variety of effective alternatives to these poisons for predator control, especially greater reliance on nonlethal methods.

Our public lands are no place for powerful and hazardous poisons. Please act to halt this dangerous and destructive practice.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!