Target: Sonny Perdue, United States Secretary of Agriculture
Goal: Stop killing native species to protect lumber, farming and ranching interests.
Wildlife Services, a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has a released a report that indicates 1.3 million native animals were killed by USDA officials in the last year alone. The data shows that over 23,000 beavers were slaughtered, along with thousands of birds from various species and over 1500 foxes. Hundreds of large predators, including wolves and mountain lions, were also targeted as well.
According to Wildlife Services’ Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHS), who ran the report, “[Wildlife Services] personnel recommend and conduct wildlife damage management activities to protect many types of resources.” Unsurprisingly, protecting agricultural resources has been seen as the top priority, especially when it comes to livestock or lucrative industries like timber.
There is no reason to slaughter native wildlife in mass numbers, especially when the threat they pose to livestock or other agricultural resources is so often overblown. The intense lobbying pressures from agriculture-related industries must not be allowed to continue to put these innocent creatures at risk. Sign the petition below and demand that these merciless killings be brought to an end.
Dear Secretary Perdue,
Wildlife Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been responsible for killing over 1.3 million native and non-invasive species in the last year alone. While conflict between humans and wildlife worldwide is a serious and growing problem, the vast majority of these creatures were proactively killed to protect various agricultural interests, ranging from timber to livestock, even when the evidence that these animals cause significant damage is minimal. More importantly, these native creatures are a vital part of the ecosystem, and killing them in such large numbers could have disastrous environmental effects.
We, the undersigned, demand that this onslaught on America’s many wild species be brought to an end. We cannot risk these animals becoming extinct simply for the convenience of the farming and ranching industries. Please take action now to change this destructive policy and end the killing of native wildlife to protect agricultural interests immediately.
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Photo Credit: National Park Service/Kent Miller