Demand an audit of the USDA Wildlife Services Lethal Predator Control Program
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

FROM

In Defense of Animals (IDA)
August 2013

ACTION

Tell Ms. Phyllis Fong, Inspector General, Office of the Secretary to prioritize this audit, and to mandate an integrated approach to treatment of wildlife with a focus on non-lethal methods.

The institutionalized culture of animal cruelty within the USDA Wildlife Services is appalling.

Wildlife Services practices have been exposed as inhumane by Tom Knudson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with the Sacramento Bee, and as excessive, unnecessary, unprofessional, wasteful of the public's tax money and lacking accountability while defying science, according to a recent opinion page of the NYT Editorial Board.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):

https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2507

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Ms. Phyllis Fong
Inspector General
Office of the Secretary
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-8001
fax (202) 690-1278
usda_hotline@oig.usda.gov

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

See Prosecute Wildlife Service Employee for Animal Cruelty AND Tell Congress to Investigate Wildlife Services Now!

Wildlife Services (WS), a branch of the US Department of Agriculture, has spent more than $393 million in federal funds annually since 2004, and over the same period has killed more than 22 million animals. This included protected species and over 788,000 mammalian predators such as wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, black bears and grizzlies, foxes, badgers, and domestic dogs and cats.

USDA WS is only a phone call away to service any private or commercial customer who views wild animals as inconvenient, primarily the ranching and livestock industry and trophy hunting clubs such as the Safari Club International.

From using foothold traps and neck snares, conducting ground or aerial gunning, bombing coyote dens to suffocate pups and pregnant females, to allowing dogs to attack and rip apart trapped wild animals and using pound dogs to experiment with M-44 sodium cyanide, the institutionalized culture of animal cruelty within the USDA WS is appalling.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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