Stop the USDA slaughter of America's wolves
  • Petitioning United States Department of Agriculture

This petition will be delivered to:

Secretary Tom Vilsack
United States Department of Agriculture
U.S. Senate

Stop the USDA slaughter of America's wolves

    1. Ruth Kastner
    2. Petition by

      Ruth Kastner

      Greenbelt, MD

Below is the earlier text of this petition. Since that time, the war on wolves has escalated. Many have been slaughtered, and both the US Forest Service and USDA's ironically named "Wildlife Services" have continued their ongoing disservice to our nation's wildlife by actively assisting this unconscionable war on America's native predators. Your support is needed to get USDA to end its support of wholesale wolf slaughter which has now been shown to be inconsistent with scientific findings, in addition to posing an ongoing threat to nontargeted wildlife and even pets.

"In Idaho, USDA federal agents and federal equipment, including aircraft, are being used to shoot down wolves deemed by the State of Idaho to be problematic. This slaughtering campaing has been underway for monthts now; when it began, nearly  200 wolves had already been killed this year in Idaho, which has a wolf population of roughly 1,000. Yet USDA Wildlife Services personnel in Idaho insist that federal personnel and equipment should be used to 'harvest' many more wolves because they are "harming the economy of the state.' (The state pays for the actual slaughtering 'service'). This is not a matter of wolves having hurt any person, it is largely a matter of wolves preying on game; which is a perfectly legitimate activity for wolves. There are scientifically and ethically valid means of keeping wolves away from livestock; one way is to ensure that there are enough wolves in the wild that they have mates, so that they don't stray into ranch areas in search of mates (often being attracted to dogs).

It is bad enough that America's wolves were taken off the Endangered Species list so that states can allow essentially unlimited wolf hunting. But some states demand that even more wolves be slaughtered, and that personnel hired, trained, and equipped by American taxpayers be used in pursuit of those states’ wolf extermination goals. According to an Idaho WS staff member, aerial hunting of wolves is 'more efficient' than hunting them in a sportsmanlike manner on the ground. This is a shockingly callous attitude towards an icon of American wildlife by those in a position of trust as caretakers of wildlife. It is unethical and inappropriate for a federal agency to serve as a hired wildlife extermination agency of any particular state, since that federal agency is supposed to serve the interests of all Americans and of American wildlife as well.  USDA must halt the practice of hiring out our wildlife caretakers as mass wildlife exterminators."

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Wildlife Disservices engaged again in Idaho

      Ruth Kastner
      Petition Organizer

      Idaho has once again engaged USDA wolf-exterminators-for-hire to carry out yet another massive wolf extermination campaign. Your help is urgently needed to circulate this petition. We're talking about more aerial gunning and other cruel lethal methods, causing immense suffering and death to innocent wildlife. All courtesy of our own United States Department of Agriculture, whose 'Wildlife Disservices' personnel are trained and equipped at taxpayer expense (although we do get some small reimbursement for the actual slaughter-on-request).

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Over 800 signatures--let's get to 2,000!

      Ruth Kastner
      Petition Organizer

      Let's kick-start this petition so that it can be delivered to USDA--and stop the slaughter of America's wildlife by taxpayer-hired, trained, and equipped personnel.

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. Still need to increase rate of signatures

      Ruth Kastner
      Petition Organizer

      Would you like to see us hand the USDA a petition with thousands of signatures from people opposed to their wildlife extermination policies? Then please post this petition on your Facebook page, send it to your friends, and make it known. Thanks for your support!

    6. 500 reached; still need to increase rate of signatures

      Ruth Kastner
      Petition Organizer

      If you can put this petition link on your Facebook page and/or Tweet it, that will help! We still need to get a few thousand signatures to get USDA's attention. Thanks!

    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. Can you help promote this petition?

      Ruth Kastner
      Petition Organizer

      We are still progressing, but in order to persuade USDA to listen to our concern, we need to increase the rate of signatures. We need to show Mr. Vilsack that not just hundreds, but thousands of Americans are opposed to the hiring out of federal wildlife caretakers as wildlife exterminators; that we will not tolerate the Orwellian abuse of the term 'Wildlife Services' to name what has in fact become a major Disservice to American wildlife. If each petition supporter can adopt a goal of recruiting 10-20 new signatures, we will be well on the way to achieving our goal of stopping the wholesale slaughter of wolves by federal agents.

      The link provided here is contact info for USDA. Feel free to contact them yourself and let them know how you feel about the anti-wolf sentiments and intentions of federal Wildlife 'Services' agents such as those discussed in the petition.

      Thanks for your support!

    9. Signatures doubled in two days

      Ruth Kastner
      Petition Organizer

      We have over 400 signatures now! Please spread the word so we can reach our goal of 10,000 to get USDA to take notice that Americans will not accept having federal personnel and taxpayer-purchased equipment used to slaughter wolves!

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. Over 200 signatures

      Ruth Kastner
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Petition Supporters: good news, we have over 200 signatures now. However, the goal is 10,000, because it will take *at least* that level of pressure to get USDA authorities to pay attention to this concern. I hope you will consider becoming a 'signature recruiter' by actively seeking out ways to promote this petition to your family, friends, yahoogroups, listservs, etc. Not only will it increase the chances that USDA wolf slaughter will stop, it also informs people who may not be aware that their wildlife caretakers are being used as wildlife exterminators. The more light we can shine on this dark reality, the better our chances of changing it.

      The link posted here is to an alert from the Center for Biological Diversity, primarily addressing a similar problem in Montana; an email alert from CBD noted that the wolves of Idaho face impending slaughter by Wildlife 'Services' agents.

    12. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Arlene Manduca SYRACUSE, NY
      • 5 days ago

      Stop this atrocity. Wolves have a right to share this planet. They're not harming humans. Stop this.

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    • Edward Armm LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ
      • about 1 month ago

      Wolves play an important roll in our ecosystem

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    • Amanda Elmansy BOONE, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      We need to be kind of God's creation...not just ourselves.

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    • Birgitt Böhm GERMANY
      • 2 months ago

      URGENT!!!!

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    • zach zitzow VERGAS, MN
      • 2 months ago

      there are less than 10,000 wolves in the lower 48,

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