GOOD NEWS UPDATE December 5, 2013: USDA Inspector General to Audit Wildlife Services
Defense Council (NRDC)
A little-known government agency called Wildlife Services is killing thousands of wild animals every year -- and you and I are picking up the tab. This out-of-control agency is part of the Department of Agriculture. It kills at the behest of big ranchers and agribusiness. It spends tens of millions of our tax dollars to "resolve conflicts" with wildlife -- by using poisons, traps, aerial gunning and other brutal methods.
Tell USDA's Wildlife Services to END this taxpayer-funded killing spree.
Sign an online petition
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Phyllis K. Fong
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue SW.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-8001
A little-known government agency called Wildlife Services is killing thousands of wild animals every year -- and you and I are picking up the tab.
We need your help to end the taxpayer-funded slaughter of wildlife!
This out-of-control agency is part of the Department of Agriculture. It kills at the behest of big ranchers and agribusiness. It spends tens of millions of our tax dollars to "resolve conflicts" with wildlife -- by using poisons, traps, aerial gunning and other brutal methods.
The result? More than 100,000 native carnivores -- such as wolves, bobcats, foxes and black bears -- are being wiped out every year.
The tragic toll since 2000 is two million dead, and that number grows larger every day.
More than 50,000 of those animals were killed accidentally. The victims have included endangered species and even household pets.
Itís time to expose this secretive and senseless attack on wildlife -- and end it.
Please demand an investigation of Wildlife Services and its heartless "predator control" methods.
Make no mistake: The agency is going to carry on with its wildlife killing spree unless they are held accountable and forced to stop.
But that wonít happen unless hundreds of thousands of us make our voices heard right away.
Join NRDC in calling for an immediate end to this taxpayer-funded travesty. The lives of thousands of wild animals depend on it.
I am shocked by the activities of your department's Wildlife Services division, particularly its controversial "predator control program," which spends tens of millions of taxpayer dollars each year to kill more than 100,000 native carnivores with poisons, traps and aerial gunning, among other methods.
I urge you to conduct your planned and long-overdue audit of Wildlife Services, which must expose the true environmental and financial costs of this deadly operation.
Wildlife Services has consistently wasted the tax dollars of hardworking Americans, refused to resolve predator-livestock conflicts with non-lethal methods, killed tens of thousands of non-target animals (including pets and endangered species) and failed to provide taxpayers with any information about its outrageous actions. This inhumane program must be held accountable at long last.
I strongly encourage you to prioritize this much-needed investigation and provide the public with the information and oversight necessary to transform Wildlife Services into a more humane, responsible and transparent agency.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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