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Originally Posted: July 15, 2013
FROM Wild Earth Guardians
Original alert (Tell Congress to Investigate Wildlife Services Now!) has NOT resulted in appropriate action. Tell Secretary Vilsack that torture of wildlife by federal employees is unacceptable and investigations into complaints need to be completed in a timely and transparent manner.
Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The USDA oversees the activities of Wildlife Services, including trapper Jamie P. Olson, who likely posted photos on Facebook of his dogs killing trapped coyotes. The USDA conducted an investigation, but disclosed its findings to no one, not even to the members of Congress who requested it.
NNewly-leaked documents show that the USDA’s investigation into these horrific acts resulted in no action against Olson, not even a reprimand. A Tweet from Congressman Campbell and the leaked documents seem to indicate that the agency attempted to cover up the matter. See leaked document here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B69WClhgOm5XUGhybVpFQmdKTTA/edit
Ironically, the USDA is the federal agency charged with enforcing the nation’s animal welfare laws. Without its own clear guidelines prohibiting its own employees from torturing and abusing wildlife, USDA holds no credibility. p>
To prevent future scandals, demand that the USDA create an easy way for the public to register complaints that involve USDA activities. Investigations into conduct like Olson’s must be conducted efficiently and transparently. Also, the results of those investigations should be made public.
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