PETITION: Stop the USDA from killing wildlife
TARGET: Tom Vilsack, Secretary, USDA
In a 2015 press release from The Center for Biological Diversity, data showed that the USDA’s Wildlife Services killed over “2.7 million animals during fiscal year 2014, including wolves, coyotes, bears, mountain lions, beavers, foxes, eagles and other animals.” They died because agricultural, livestock and other special interests groups determined that they were “pests,” and their lives were not important. This is not a new procedure by the USDA, we saw in 2013, Wildlife Services killed 4 million innocent animals. These innocent animals, who also play key ecological functions, were taken down with snipers, deadly poisons and traps. Not only is the USDA murdering wildlife in their own territory, they are being funded to do so with tax dollars. Instead of investing in conservation, public education, and other civic responsibilities, Wildlife Services is killing off ‘pests’. These pests include: 322 gray wolves 61,702 coyotes 580 black bears 305 mountain lions 796 bobcats 454 river otters 2,930 foxes 3 bald eagles 5 golden eagles 22,496 beavers 15,698 black-tailed prairie dogs 16 pet dogs (unintentional fatalities) Help us put an end to the death toll.
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