Reform Agency That Tortures and Kills Wildlife

Coyotes by Shannon

Target: Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Reform the Wildlife Services program that allegedly slaughters wildlife inhumanely.

Wildlife Services, a federal program intended to protect agricultural, natural, and property resources from wildlife damage, is responsible for killing millions of animals each year. A wildlife advocate described the Wildlife Services’ mass killings to the Washington Post as “a staggering killing campaign, bankrolled by taxpayers… beyond the view of most Americans.”  Not only are animals being abused and killed, but the efficiency of Wildlife Services is questionable, too. Research shows that wildlife culling may not even be as effective in preventing predation. We must act now to demand that this federal program is regulated properly.

The animal abuse done by Wildlife Services is best exemplified by the story of Jamie Olso, a Wildlife Services employee who posted photos of himself smiling over the corpse of a mutilated coyote and other images where his dogs appeared to have attack the trapped animal. Despite the fact that Wildlife Services claim that employees “exhibit a high level of respect and professionalism when taking an animal’s life” and that trapped animals are killed quickly, Olso was cleared by an internal investigation that inexplicably determined that he had “violated no existing rules.”

Wildlife Services’ penchant for mass killings and reluctance to deter employees from cruel practices has drawn the attention of lawmakers. Unfortunately, intense lobbying from agricultural interests has thwarted attempts at reform. While Wildlife Services appears to be protected from any reform by legislative means, another avenue does exists. Wildlife Services is ultimately a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program, not an independent authority. Intervention in the program by USDA staff may be the only answer. Tell the Secretary of Agriculture to step in to stop this alleged animal abuse and ineffective programs done by Wildlife Services.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

One of the programs under your department kills millions of animals every year and fails to discipline employees for the apparent torture of trapped animals. That program is Wildlife Services. New research questions the efficiency of the program’s wildlife culls. Rob Wielgus, a wildlife ecologist at Washington State University, has published studies that show that hunting predators actually promotes more predation by destabilizing communities and opening new territory for younger hunters to exploit the area. Apparently, his findings hold true across a wide range of predatory species. In essence, the activities of a program tasked with protecting agricultural resources actually endanger those very interests.

Furthermore, as in the case of Jamie Olso, employees of Wildlife Services are allegedly not always upholding a humane standard in killing wildlife. Legislative and judicial efforts to regulate Wildlife Services have proved fruitless. The chief council for Humane Society of the United States told Harpers Magazine that, “there really is no law to apply that might restrain the agency, even with a sympathetic judge.”

It falls to you to put a stop to Wildlife Services’ alleged abuse and ineffective programs. Please take action now to reform Wildlife Services.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Shannon

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16 Comments

  1. Nick Percival says:

    Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, has consistently shown himself to have no regard for animals and has consistently worked to overturn an animal’s right to not be subjected to horrific pain just to gain favor with certain businesses. Thomas Vilsack has hurt animals at every turn during his administration. For animals, he has been the cruelest and the worst.

  2. michael guest says:

    This is a bad agency that has been going on too long. It has killed lots and lots of animals and wildlife in an inhumane way. Wildlife Services has done abusive and brutal activities. And that needs to stop. Our wildlife needs protection, not slaughter. Shut down this killing agency now. No more delays. Enough is enough!

  3. PLEASE STOP THIS EVIL VILE SICKENING TRADE, WHY ANY ONE COULD HURT AND TORTURE AND KILL ALL THESE ANIMALS IS BEYOND ME, I JUST HOPE THEY PAY SOMETIME FOR ALL THEIR CRUELTY. SCUM ALL OF THEM

    • We got to be optimistic, with enough signatures and more public awareness, Wildlife Services’ days might be numbered

  4. Why this Thomas Vilsack is in that position while raking peoples tax money yet doing nothing to help protect these voiceless sentient beings. Vilsack need to go home. Give the responsibility to some one who knows how to be a responsible person to act against such brutality done towards the voiceless.

  5. Nice person this Jamie Oslo and the rest of his “Wildlife ( Self) Services pals……Untreated sociopaths out there, come in and apply for the job ! As long as there is ready to be disposed of tax money out there for the taking, this brand of bureaucratic savagery will continue.

  6. “Wildlife Services” has long been known as a front for mentally ill animal abusers of the worst kind. Tax dollars should be spent to imprison and hospitalize these sick people instead of banding them together for frenzies of murderous torture and perhaps bestiality. They appear to feed on each other like a mob mentality. It’s time to end this disgrace. Perhaps the Humane Society International and/or PETA could be persuaded to take an interest. Millions of animals have been sacrificed but millions more could be saved if we fight for them.

  7. Vilsack needs to be fired!! He has done nothing in regards to animal welfare. Corruption reigns, big business money apparently rules. WHAT has happened to our government and this is what we pay our tax dollars to. Vilsack could care less about this petition. He has zero response to any petitions.

  8. WHY IS THIS EVIL ALLOWED TO GO ON YEAR AFTER YEAR, THEY CALL THEM SELVES WILDLIFE SERVICES, THEY ARE WILDLIFE MURDERERS, THE NAME GIVES THE IMPRESION THAT THEY CARE AND LOOK AFTER WILDLIFE BUT IT IS THE OPOSITE, THEY KILL WILDLIFE, SO WHY DONT YOU SAY IT LIKE IT IS AND CALL YOUR SELVES WILDLIFE KILLERS, AND WHY DOSENT THE PESIDENT KNOWING WHAT THEY DO, DISBAND AND FIRE EVERY ONE OF THEM, SHAME ON YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA, FOR ALLOWING SUCH AN EVIL SERVICE TO EXIST.

    • Carole I so agree with you. How dare these people use our money to slaughter sentient beings? Vilsack is quite obviously being bought of and is a Psychopath. Get rid of the bastard and restaff the service with people who care.

  9. “Aren’t humans amazing? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed. Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”~ David Coates

    http://www.cowspiracy.com/

  10. Disband the agency and revoke their pensions. Their pension money to be distributed to animal welfare organizations.
    Vilsack needs to be executed.

  11. Catherine Dugan says:

    What a disgraceful thing to do to these beautiful animals! They deserve much better than to be made into fur coats or wraps! This barbaric practice has to stop, now!!

  12. THIS PETITION NEEDS TO GO TO PRESIDENT OBAMA WITH ALL COMMENTS.

  13. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

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