Target: United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Secretary Thomas Vilsak and National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee
Goal: Don’t allow Wildlife Services to continue to use brutal and lethal methods against animals.
For years now, USDA Wildlife Services has insisted on taking inhumane and unnecessary actions against native predators all over the country. At this point there could be the blood of thousands and thousands of wolves, bears, and more on their hands because they refuse to change their approach to “wildlife management.” This is the only government program that will murder native predators at the simple demand of a rancher or other agency, and they spend millions a year doing it. The Wildlife Services program needs to acknowledge its barbaric actions and begin to make nonlethal control of predators its focal point.
On many documented occasions, Wildlife Services has wrongfully murdered predators and even domestic house pets. They not only focus on animals preying on livestock, but even kill animals that dig in flower beds or frighten people. Their methods of animal control are atrocious, ranging from aerial shooting to conibear traps and horrible poisons. Sometimes WS workers don’t even put up signs warning of traps they have laid in the area, which puts animals and people at risk. They have managed to kill house pets, like two beautiful dogs named Bella and Bob who both wrongfully lost their lives to M-44 sodium cyanide cartridges in two different states. These are not the only incidences that have taken the lives of “unintended targets”and these events will not stop unless action is taken.
Wildlife Services needs to ameliorate its methods of predator control and take steps to make sure that incidents like dead house pets do not continue to arise. Proven-to-be-effective methods that ranchers and farmers are using to control predation on their land could be used nationally. By signing the petition below you are urging Thomas Vilsak and the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee to end inhumane and lethal action taken against wildlife.
Dear Thomas Vilsak & National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee,
The cruel methods of predator control by the Wildlife Services program need to be reformed. The number of animal deaths, intended and unintended, has reached a tally far too high to be ignored any longer.
There are thousands of deaths caused by actions taken by Wildlife Services employees every single year and millions of taxpaying dollars are spent on these murders. Even though there are other methods that have been proven effective by ranchers across the country, Wildlife Services continues to use lethal and cruel practices to “control” predation on livestock. Not only has Wildlife Services killed native predators, but the program has also managed to take the lives of loved house pets much more than several times.
I am urging you to save thousands of lives per year by using safer methods of predator control and by putting a stop to the heinous methods already in effect. These are deaths that could be prevented easily. Please take action to enforce safer methods of predator control by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Program.
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