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Slaughtering Sentience: Rampant killing of wildlife by our government continues

Wildlife services ruthlessly kills millions of animals, more than ever before

Wildlife Services, a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture, continues to be at war with wildlife (for a historical timeline see). Latest figures show they currently spend more money and kill more animals than ever before. In 2010 they spent more than $126 million (a 4.5 percent increase from 2009) and slaughtered more than five million animals with no concern for the pain and suffering for which they're responsible. They use techniques including aerial gunning (there have been ten human fatalities since the 1970s), traps and snares, and horrific poisons that cause untold and enduring suffering. Some poisons can take hours or days to take effect. Slaughtering sentience mean nothing to them as they wantonly destroy America's wildlife, including about 81,000 coyotes, 1400 bobcats, 572 river otters, and 450 wolves in 2010. There is also collateral damage with non-target animals being killed, including domestic dogs. Wildlife Services knows no bounds or decency. In 1964 they were found to be excessive and indiscriminate with respect to lethal toxicants. Very little has changed. 

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Please write your senators and representatives and ask them to stop the slaughter. It doesn't work, is a thorough waste of money, and is a most undignified activity of our government, using our tax dollars. There are much more humane and effective programs to deal with human-wildlife conflicts. 

 

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

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