Early this month we alerted you to a vote in the U.S.
House to slash the funding
of the Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services department. As you
know, Wildlife Services (formerly known as Animal Damage Control, but
changed their name to improve their image) kills hundreds of thousands
animals each year as a service to wealthy western cattle ranchers.
such as coyotes, wolves, wildcats, bears, birds of prey and other wild
are eliminated by poisons, rifles, leg-hold traps, explosives in dens
methods to increase the profits of ranchers. These are your tax dollars
to keep burgers cheap.
On Tuesday, June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives
voted 230 to 193
against the DeFazio-Bass amendment to the House Agriculture
bill. The amendment would have reduced the Wildlife Services Department
by $7 million dollars. The department has an annual budget of about $40
and they use $10 million federal tax dollars a year to kill the wildlife
of the West.
In reply to a letter I wrote my representative, the
Honorable Mr. Silvestre Reyes
of Texas, the Honorable Mr. Reyes sent me a piece of mail which read
for sharing your opinion with me but I voted against the Bass-DeFazio
ment because the amendment would have negatively impacted other
programs carried out by Wildlife Services, such as the control of
around our nations airports. For our air travel safety this program must
continue....blah blah blah".
Ok, so I understand that they must kill the ducks and
geese which nest near
airports so that they don't get sucked into jet turbines or make a hard
through splat on the aircraft windshield...I wish we could find a more
solution to this problem, but I guess this isn't a priority for our air
Just a thought, couldn't some compassionate air traffic
officer come up with the
idea to use some of the many herding type dogs, border collies and the
which are put to death in our nations shelters, to form a corp of guard
around airports? This idea has worked at golf courses, why not airports?
But either the Honorable Mr. Reyes of Texas was lying to
me or he was
hoodwinked by the ranching lobby. The Bass-DeFazio amendment only
to reduce the Wildlife Services budget by $7 million. And the cuts were
be from the predator killing program in the west. The work done by the
department to prevent rabies outbreaks and to kill the birds at airports
have been affected by this amendment.
Such is the power of the ranching/agriculture lobby.
DOA, Department of Agriculture, Dead on Arrival.
For the sake of the remaining wild animals,
For the sake of the 9 billion animals tortured and slaughtered for food
For your own health and peace of mind,
To see how your representative voted on this amendment
go to this site:
Final Vote Results for Roll Call 172
If your representative voted for the amendment, it might
be nice to tell him or her
thanks. If they voted no, you might like to enlighten them about how you
For more information about this federal department which uses your tax
to slaughter wildlife go to this page from the Fund for Animals
Animal Damage Control: Out of Control
Go on to Wildlife
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