The White House is
currently seeking public feedback on federal agencies that are ripe for reform
or elimination. Though we strongly support nearly all federal agencies, this is
an opportunity to say loud and clear: it’s time to end taxpayer-funded wildlife
killing. The federal wildlife killing program ironically called “Wildlife
Services” should serve wildlife and taxpayers, not Big Ag!
While the services
of most federal agencies are extremely valuable, Wildlife Services and its
killing campaigns, animal body counts and bloodshed should be relegated to the
past. Wildlife Services spends over $120 million of your tax dollars to kill
over 1.5 million native animals each year.
From imperiled Canada lynx and wolves to companion animals
and people recreating on our public lands, no one is safe from the cruel,
indiscriminate traps, poisons and snares Wildlife Services deploys.
You have until June 12 to submit your thoughts on reforming Wildlife Services. The process
is slightly cumbersome so please click on this link and follow these instructions:
For the required fields, choose
in this order:
1. Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health
3. Copy/paste or adapt this text:
The Wildlife Services program within the Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is an
ineffective use of taxpayer dollars and should be fundamentally reformed.
Please end Wildlife Services’ lethal control of native wildlife. Wildlife
Services’ use of cruel and indiscriminate traps, snares, poisons and aerial
gunning risks the lives of people, companion animals and imperiled native
wildlife. For instance, Wildlife Services uses M-44 sodium cyanide bombs,
scattering them across our public and private lands. In March a cyanide bomb
placed near a residential neighborhood in Idaho months after Wildlife Services
claimed it had ceased their use in that state poisoned a boy and killed his
dog. At least four other tragedies with M-44 poisonings occurred since March of
this year. Sodium cyanide is considered a potential terrorism weapon by the
Department of Homeland Security. It has no place on our public lands.
Ending these wasteful practices will greatly serve the White
House’s stated effort of “making the Federal government more efficient,
effective, and accountable to … the American people.” Wildlife Services' budget
is over $120 million. Reforming the program to use effective, nonlethal methods
will save taxpayer dollars and better serve American citizens, agricultural
interests and wildlife managed in the public trust.
7. Add your contact info
Let’s demand an end to barbaric, outdated and inhumane
practices and make our public lands safe havens for wildlife, people and our
For the wild,
Wildlife Program Director
photo: Sam Parks