of Animals (IDA)
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.
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Ms. Phyllis Fong
Office of the Secretary
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-8001
fax (202) 690-1278
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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