Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Call to Action

Call to Action:

Tell the White House to Stop Using

Taxpayer’s Money to Kill our Wildlife

Today we have a chance to band together across the country and send a message to Ken Salazar, the Bureau of Land Management, Gov. Butch Otter and others who brutally kill our wildlife.

A coyote is caught in a leg-hold trap
in Oregon (Image from
 The majority of public lands in the United States are held in trust for the American people by the federal government and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the United States National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, or the Fish and Wildlife Service under the Department of the Interior, or the United States Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture. Together, these departments and agencies are responsible for managing and conserving public land and natural resources, with help from the American taxpayer.

In managing these lands, the majority, if not all, of these entities implement lethal practices when managing animal populations on public and private land.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Wildlife agents accidently killed (with steel traps, wire snares and poison) more than 50,000 animals since 2000 that were not problems, including federally protected golden and bald eagles; more than 1,100 dogs, including family pets; and several species considered rare or imperiled by wildlife biologists. Read more on the Sacramento Bee.

Incidentally, in 2010 they also intentionally killed 1,302 domestic cats and unintentionally killed 23 cats.

The American Society of Mammalogists reported: “ WS’s own reported kill data from fiscal years 2000 through 2010 [show] agents have killed more than 2 million native wild mammals in the United States in those 11 years, including 915,868 coyotes, 321,051 beavers, 126,257 raccoons, 83,606 skunks, nearly 70,000 ground squirrels, 50,682 red and gray foxes, 43,640 prairie dogs, 29,484 opossums, 25,336 marmots and woodchucks, 19,111 muskrats, 4,559 bears, 4,052 mountain lions, and 3,066 endangered gray wolves, nearly all of these intentionally.”

What kinds of critters are considered to be pests? Everything from bobcats to foxes to bears, opossums, prairie dogs, beavers, and ravens.

Wildlife Services' predator control is coming under fire from scientists, former employees and others, who say it is expensive, ineffective and can set off a chain reaction of unintended, often negative, environmental consequences.

A coyote is stuck in a body-grip trap.
Image from

The Sacramento Bee reported that the agency has killed about 560,000 predators since 2006, mostly coyotes. The body count also included 25,000 red and gray foxes, 10,700 bobcats, 2,800 black bears, 2,300 timberwolves, and 2,100 mountain lions.

In 2010 the Wildlife Services agency reports that it killed 5,008,755 animals. The report also lists that the agency “dispersed” of 20,326,715 animals.

To those of us who find the wholesale slaughter of wildlife unacceptable, please call the White House and the Department of the Interior. Tell them we want the slaughter to stop and we want the wolf re-listed under the Endangered Species Act. (Idaho alone has slaughtered almost 60% of their population in the past year. This doesn't cover wolves that have been poached.) We also want Ken Salazar removed as Secretary of the Interior and replaced with someone who cares about animals and the environment.

Dept. of the Interior: (202) 208-3100

White House: (202) 456-1414

About Alley Cat Rescue

Alley Cat Rescue is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of all cats: domestic, stray, feral, and wild. We run a no-kill shelter and advocate TNR programs for feral cats. ACR has been awarded the Inde­pend­ent Charities of Americas “Best in America” Seal of Ap­proval, and our newsletter has won many awards from the Cat Writers’ Association. For more information, please visit our website 

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