Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Goal: To terminate USDA Wildlife Services Federal Trapper for committing multiple acts of animal cruelty
Recently Jamie Olson, a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services Federal Trapper, posted some disturbing photographs on his personal social media sites. These photographs show heinous acts of animal cruelty committed against defenseless animals caught in traps. After receiving negative publicity from the photographs, Olson has deactivated both his Facebook and Twitter account but no further action has been taken against him.
A former Wildlife Services trapper has spoken on the matter and claimed that such instances of animal abuse are “very common.” He was not surprised in the least to learn of Olson committing such acts because things like this happen on a “regular basis.” While these horrific and controversial crimes seem to be a dime a dozen among Wildlife Service trappers, nothing has been done to stop the animal abuse or prevent it; higher authorities in the organization have yet to address this issue. This is extremely troubling considering that these individuals are committing acts of animal cruelty while being employed by the government. They are meant to help wildlife, not destroy it.
Although Olson claims that these photographs were taken approximately five years ago, the contents of the photographs are still just as disturbing. The photographs show Olson’s dogs tormenting and mauling trapped animals such as coyotes, bobcats, and raccoons. It is blatantly clear in the photographs that these wild animals are being cruelly tortured; they are distressed and showing signs of extreme pain.
It is alarming that someone with a tendency for animal abuse was hired to be a Wildlife Services trapper. Regardless of when the photographs were taken, Olson has still exhibited that he holds little regard for the lives of animals. His acts of brutality should not be tolerated. By exposing his “trophy” photos of mauled wildlife, Olson has clearly shown that he is not ashamed of committing such cruel acts and will most likely not stop until further action is taken. Sign the petition below to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to terminate Olson for committing animal abuse and to investigate similar cases.
Dear Mr. Vilsack,
It has come to my attention that one of your employees, Jamie Olson, recently posted extremely disturbing photographs on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The photographs he posted depict acts of animal abuse against defenseless animals caught in traps; his dogs can be seen tormenting and assaulting the trapped animals. He is “showing off” these photographs by making them available to the public. Mr. Olson has made it blatantly clear that he is not ashamed of committing such acts of violence against the wildlife he is meant to protect.
A former Wildlife Services trapper has said that issues like this are far too common among wildlife trappers. Immediate action needs to be taken against employees engaging in cruel and inhumane acts of animal cruelty. It seems a little ridiculous that this is a common problem and nothing has been done to address it or mend it. I am urging you to protect these defenseless animals from such unnecessary acts of cruelty. Now is the time to investigate Mr. Olson’s case as well as others similar to it. Please take the action to properly reprimand Mr. Olson to remind all of your employees that cruelty against wildlife is absolutely unacceptable.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Facebook.com