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Originally Posted: November 6, 2012
FROM Wild Earth Guardians
Wildlife Services’ agent Jamie P. Olson sic’d his dogs on live coyotes that were captured in steel-jawed traps. Wildlife belong to all Americans; they must not be brutalized by federal employees. Tell Congress to investigate Wildlife Services and rogue agents like Jamie P. Olson who photographed himself siccing his dogs on live coyotes that were captured in steel-jawed traps.
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Wildlife Services is a costly, outdated, rogue agency that has no purpose in modern times. This week revealed more heinous acts committed by a Wildlife Services' agent upon our wildlife. Wildlife Services' agent Jamie P. Olson photographed himself siccing his dogs on live coyotes that were captured in steel-jawed traps. I urge you to investigate these cruel acts and determine to what extent other U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services' agents use dogs to kill trapped wildlife.
The Sacramento Bee exposed the horrible, unethical behavior by Mr. Olson on November 2, 2012. But this is not an isolated incident. As former Wildlife Services' agent Gary Strader told the Sacramento Bee, killing trapped animals with dogs "'is very common . . . It has never been addressed by the higher-ups. They know it happens on a regular basis.'"
As the Bee also documented earlier this year, Wildlife Services kills tens of thousands of animals annually without accountability or oversight. The agency's war on wildlife endangers the public, their pets, and even its own agents. The death toll on our wildlife populations is unconscionable.
The agency's killing programs are inhumane, unscientific, expensive, ineffective and occasionally illegal. They are certainly unnecessarily cruel. Congress must immediately investigate this rogue agency. No federal agency needs oversight more than Wildlife Services.
Please hold oversight hearings immediately and bring Wildlife Services to account. Further, please consider defunding the agency's antiquated and inhumane killing programs. The American public and our wildlife deserve better.
Here are some of the photos the Federal agent doesn't want you to see...
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