Saturday, September 21, 2013

NRDC: rogue federal agency exterminating wildlife

From my inbox:
Dear larry,
A little-known government agency called Wildlife Services is killing thousands of wild animals every year -- and you and I are picking up the tab.
We need your help to end the taxpayer-funded slaughter of wildlife!
This out-of-control agency is part of the Department of Agriculture. It kills at the behest of big ranchers and agribusiness. It spends tens of millions of our tax dollars to "resolve conflicts" with wildlife -- by using poisons, traps, aerial gunning and other brutal methods.
The result? More than 100,000 native carnivores -- such as wolves, bobcats, foxes and black bears -- are being wiped out every year.
The tragic toll since 2000 is two million dead, and that number grows larger every day.
More than 50,000 of those animals were killed accidentally. The victims have included endangered species and even household pets.
It’s time to expose this secretive and senseless attack on wildlife -- and end it.
Please demand an investigation of Wildlife Services and its heartless "predator control" methods.
Make no mistake: The agency is going to carry on with its wildlife killing spree unless they are held accountable and forced to stop.
But that won’t happen unless hundreds of thousands of us make our voices heard right away.
Join NRDC in calling for an immediate end to this taxpayer-funded travesty. The lives of thousands of wild animals depend on it.

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