Target: William H. Clay, Deputy Administrator, Wildlife Services
Goal: End the USDA’s Wildlife Services annual slaughter of wild birds.
Wildlife Services, which is a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture, annually murders thousands of wild geese, ducks, and pigeons instead of offering non-lethal, more humane ways to control the birds. Since 2000, Wildlife Services has killed 170,000 geese and more than 950,000 pigeons. Recently in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Wildlife Services sedated geese and about 30 died by drowning. The reason for killing all of these birds is because they are considered a “nuisance”.
These killings have also effected other animals. Family pets and even protected wildlife have been accidentally killed by the methods used by Wildlife Services. The usual technique used is capture and poison. There are other non-lethal, more humane ways to control the bird populations. A firm called Innolytics, along with scientists from the USDA, created a birth control for geese and pigeons. Altering the environment and limiting available food sources are also effective ways to deter birds from particular locations.
For all these reasons, I am urging you to support the use of humane techniques of removal of wild birds. Sign this petition and demand the USDA’s Wildlife Services to develop and use non-lethal, humane ways of controlling bird populations.
Dear Deputy Administrator William H. Clay,
In the past 15 years, Wildlife Services has killed 170,000 geese and more than 950,000 pigeons. Not only is this cruel but these large scale killings also affect the environment’s natural, delicate ecosystem. In addition to harming the ecosystem, your lethal ways of controlling bird populations have accidentally killed household pets and protected wildlife. There are many other ways to deter wild bird populations from set areas. Altering environments and limiting available food sources help with lowering populations.
I am urging you to research and look more into the non-lethal ways of controlling wild bird populations. These methods can be just as effective. This would not only benefit the birds, but also the other animals at risk when exposed to poisons and to the ecosystems.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Stephen St. John