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Wolf slaughter continues: Yes, some people think killing wolves is just fine

Wildlife Services continues to slaughter wolves using inhumane methods

Whether wolves are listed as endangered or not, their killing, by government agencies using incredibly inhumane methods, continues unabated. "Various proposals would gas pups in their dens, surgically sterilize adult wolves and allow "conservation" or "research" hunts to drive down the predators' numbers."

To quote Mark Collinge, Idaho director for Wildlife Services, the United States Department of Agriculture branch that removes problem wolves usually by shooting them from aircraft, "You just have to accept that part of having wolves is having to kill wolves." Oh, really, Mr. Collinge? You and your people who think that killing wolves will solve whatever "problems" there are might think so but thank goodness this is not the majority - or even close to it - opinion. 

It's important to note that, "Government statistics back up critics' claims that wolves account for a small proportion of livestock losses caused by predators. They kill fewer sheep and cattle than coyotes, bears, mountain lions or even dogs."

And couching the killing of wolves under the guise of "conservation" or "research" is as misleading as whale slaughter as part of "research" projects. Kindly stop negating the importance of solid research and scientific studies of wolves and other animals that really produce useful information concerning their behavior and how this information can be used in conservation projects. And, there is a growing movement called "compassionate conservation." (see also) You get paid to kill wolves along with countless other sentient beings so if you had to stop this horrific and useless practice you'd have to look for other work. And if all your killing worked you'd be out of jobs. So, the fact that you still have your jobs simply means that what you do is ineffective. 

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Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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