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23 May 1999 Issue
Stop Wildlife Slaughter

Your Calls and Emails Needed Now
by PrkStRangr@aol.com 

This is an action alert that couldn't wait until our Alert for Action! is sent out
Monday.

An important vote is coming up before the U.S. House of Representatives
this week. The "Bass-DeFazio Amendment" to the House Agriculture
Appropriations bill may be acted on as early as Tuesday, May 25. The
amendment would cut $7 million from USDA's "Wildlife Services" budget --
formerly known as Animal Damage Control -- to stop the agency's slaughter
of wildlife which is done to increase the profits of cattle ranchers in the western
states. Wildlife Services kills more than 100,000 animals each year, including
foxes, bobcats, prairire dogs, bears, mountain lions, and coyotes using our
federal tax dollars. Their methods of operation include aerial shoots from
planes and helicopters, poisoning, explosives placed in dens, clubbing,
leg-hold traps, and neck snares. Often, at the request of a rancher, Wildlife
Services agents will go into an area and eliminate predators before the rancher
brings his cattle to graze. This happens not only on private land, but also
public lands, our federal lands, National Forests and other lands which are
leased to the ranchers at prices far below market value.

Last year, this amendment was initially passed but the ranching lobby forced
a re-vote taken the following day and the amendment was narrowly defeated.
Last year Congress almost stopped this cruel program which is a welfare
program for wealthy ranchers. This year we have a good chance of stopping
this slaughter of wildlife if we let our congressmen and women know how we
feel.

THERE ISN'T MUCH TIME.

CALL your U.S. Representative and urge him/her to SUPPORT the
"Bass-DeFazio Amendment" to the House Agriculture Appropriations bill.

SEND a fax or email to your Representative. Tell your friends about this
issue and have them call and email too. You can usually find your Represen-
tative's phone number in the U.S. Government section of your phone book.
You can go to the following site to find your Representative's phone and email
address....

Write Your Representative - Lookup Representative
http://www.house.gov/writerep/ 

For more information and sample letters, go to this site...
Tell Your U.S. Representative to Cut Funding for Lethal Predator Control
http://www.fund.org/alerts/adc.html

Go on to Pigeons: Amiable Urbanites
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