Animal Writes
1 April 2001 Issue
Genocidal War Against Wildlife

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A Letter to the editor....


Here it is, the twenty-first century, and the government is still waging a genocidal war against our native wildlife. This "final solution" extermination program is carried out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Wildlife Services" program, which kills between 1 and 2 million birds and mammals in the United States every year. Using sadistic methods such as trapping, poisoning, and aerial gunning, federal agents killed 11,313 birds and mammals in 1999 in New Mexico alone.

Compassionate conservatives don't like this wasteful program any more than animal protectionists do. We're all sick and tired of seeing so many millions of our tax dollars wasted on this senseless slaughter. Nationwide program expenditures now exceed $50 million annually. In New Mexico, the program wasted $2.3 million of our tax dollars in 1999, including $267,000 in a secret subsidy from the State Legislature.

Wildlife-haters claim that coyotes and other wild animals must be killed because they are a threat to livestock businesses, but the facts tell a different story. Most livestock losses are due to starvation, dehydration, disease, injuries, and exposure to the elements - not predators. Negligent, abusive animal husbandry practices and the custom of leaving domesticated animals on the open range to fend for themselves are the real problems. Wild animals are just convenient scapegoats.

Only a few hundred New Mexicans request government wildlife-killing services on their properties. Their names and addresses can be found on our website under the heading "The Hall of Shame."

As our database shows, most of the beneficiaries are well-to-do "Rolex Ranchers" with big spreads. Millionaire newsman Sam Donaldson, for example, had the federal wildlife-killers out to his ranch 412 times in a five-year period, according to public records we obtained in 1997. The others who sign up for this government welfare program tend to be negligent and irresponsible or just plain ignorant about living with wildlife. Whatever the justifications are, it is morally wrong to use poisons, traps, and aerial gunning to sadistically kill animals, whether they are dogs and cats or coyotes and bobcats.

I call on the news media to begin investigating and exposing the atrocities being committed by our government in the name of "predator control." I call on our elected officials at the county, state, and federal levels to stop giving our tax dollars to these murderous thugs. And I call on concerned citizens everywhere to do everything you can - including non-violent direct action - to stop the killing. The government's war against wildlife must be stopped NOW!

Patricia Wolff
P.O. Box 9125
Santa Fe, NM 87504

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