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WildEarth Guardians Sues the Nation's Biggest Wildlife Killer: The Federal Government


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WildEarth Guardians Sues the Nation's Biggest Wildlife Killer: The Federal Government
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WildEarth Guardians has sued to enjoin the federal agency responsible for killing more than 5 million animals annually for its refusal to analyze the environmental consequences of its actions in almost two decades.  Between 2004 and 2010, Wildlife Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, spent nearly $1 billion to kill nearly 23 million animals using aerial guns, poisons, traps, snares, and hounds, purportedly to protect agriculture and other private interests as part of a grossly ineffective and wasteful program. Wildlife Services, however, continues to rely on a woefully outdated environmental analysis for its wildlife-killing activities that fails to take into account new reports on the risks and inefficiencies of its program, evolving public values for wildlife, and new scientific and economic information concerning wildlife management.

“Wildlife Services employs an arsenal of weaponry to kill America’s native wildlife and it’s time that courts neutralize this agency. We want the court to ban its poisons, silence its guns, and pull up its traps because it’s a horrendous misuse of our tax dollars to slaughter the nation’s bears, wolves, coyotes, and myriad other species,” said Wendy Keefover, Director of Carnivore Protection for WildEarth Guardians. 

“Wildlife Services relies upon antiquated studies in order to justify its wildlife-killing activities,” said Ashley Wilmes, staff attorney for WildEarth Guardians, “and we want it to shut down its lethal operations—particularly those that are conducted in designated Wilderness Areas.”

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“Wildlife Services employs an arsenal of weaponry to kill America’s native wildlife and it’s time that courts neutralize this agency. We want the court to ban its poisons, silence its guns, and pull up its traps because it’s a horrendous misuse of our tax dollars to slaughter the nation’s bears, wolves, coyotes, and myriad other species,” said Wendy Keefover, Director of Carnivore Protection for WildEarth Guardians. 
 
Wildlife Services relies on an 18 year-old environmental document to conduct its wildlife-eradication programs in violation of federal law.

Wildlife Services liberally distributes sodium cyanide booby traps and shoots tens of thousands of native carnivores such as coyotes and wolves from helicopters and airplanes on public lands, including in wilderness areas in violation of federal law. The agency’s killing methods are ubiquitous and indiscriminate and annually kill untold numbers of “non-target” species.

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related: A series in The Bee this week reported that the agency has killed about 560,000 predators since 2006, mostly coyotes. The body count also included 25,000 red and gray foxes, 10,700 bobcats, 2,800 black bears, 2,300 timberwolves, and 2,100 mountain lions.
That activity is raising concern among scientists who say it alters ecosystems in ways that diminish biodiversity and invites rodent outbreaks. -- source

And we, the taxpayers, pay for it.Protest



 

Author: Auntie P.
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Watch a preview of NRDC’s forthcoming movie, Wild Things, a half-hour documentary about the needless slaughter of native predators by USDA’s Wildlife Services program.  Read more.

Send a message to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and urge him to end this senseless poisoning of wildlife.

 



 

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