USDA: Prohibit the use of sodium cyanide and Compound 1080
  • Petitioned Tom Vilsack

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Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack

USDA: Prohibit the use of sodium cyanide and Compound 1080

    1. Petition by

      The Humane Society of The United States

Should our government be in the business of killing animals? The HSUS is challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program to stop poisoning predators.

In February 2011, Predator Defense (a group working to create alternatives for people to coexist with wildlife) told the story of Bella, the Walker family's dog, who was poisoned by an M-44 sodium cyanide device placed less than 1,000 feet from their house by Wildlife Services in Texas. Nobody—including this federal government agency—told the family about the poison. In fact, Wildlife Services set an M-44 on a roadway this family with two young sons used daily. Even after being notified of Bella’s death, Wildlife Services reset the device twice in the following two weeks.

This incident demonstrates one of many examples of the USDA killing non-target animals.

To address private livestock interests, the USDA has been using two highly controversial poisons, sodium cyanide in M-44 devices and Compound 1080 in livestock protection collars, to kill livestock predators. As a result, many nontarget wild animals such as wolves, bald eagles, and endangered California condors, in addition to pet dogs, have died. Over the past few years, at least half a dozen wolves have been killed by these poisons.

It is time for the USDA to take a hard look at the Wildlife Services program and make critically needed and long-overdue reforms.  As a first step, the USDA must step up and end the use of cruel predator poisons, like the one that killed Bella, once and for all. 

Learn more here.

 

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    • Kevin Roberts KING CITY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      "typical!!!" as a friend of mine says!

      Protect the animals!

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    • Joleena Mogle WINSLOW, AZ
      • almost 2 years ago

      THE IS OUTRAGEOUS, IT BOILS DOWN TO HUNTERS WANTING TO KILL MORE.....THE WOLF IS MAGNIFICENT CREATURE, HUMANS...NOT SO MUCH. SOME CATTLE GET EATEN SO WE KILL OFF ALL THE WOLVES, REALLY!? THEY KILL THEIR MOTHERS AND LET THE BABIES STARVE, OR WORSE, LET THEIR DOGS MAUL THE BABIES TO DEATH WHILE THEY TAKE PICTURES OF IT AND POST IT...THIS IS EVIL. DO YOU THINK YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN? YOUR GOING AGAINST YOUR GOD...USE YOUR HEAD AND YOUR HEART, DO YOUR KIDS KNOW WHAT YOU DO? THIS IS PURE MADDNESS. I’ MUCH MORE AFRAID OF THE HUNTERS, THEY ARE CRUEL, MEAN , AND HEARTLESS. “ANYONE” WHO KILLS “ANYTHING” BECAUSE IT’S “FUN” SERIOUS ISSYES IF YOU UST THINK ABOUT IT, TRACK SOMETHING INNOCENT DOWN AND TAKE IT’S LIFE, SPIRIT AWAY…FOR “FUN” AND YOU DON’T BELIEVE THEY HAVE A SPIRIT WRITE ME AT “vatrovia @ yahoo.com AND I WILL GIVE YOU’RE YOUR CHRISTIAN PROOF

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    • Joleena Mogle WINSLOW, AZ
      • almost 2 years ago

      THE IS OUTRAGEOUS, IT BOILS DOWN TO HUNTERS WANTING TO KILL MORE.....THE WOLF IS MAGNIFICENT CREATURE, HUMANS...NOT SO MUCH. tHEY KILL THEIR MOTHERS AND LET THE BABIES STARVE, OR WORSE, LET THEIR DOGS MAUL THE BABIES TO DEATH WHILE THEY TAKE PICTURES OF IT AND POST IT...THIS IS EVIL. do YOU THINK YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN? YOUR GOING AGAINST YOUR GOD...USE YOUR HEAD AND YOUR YOUR HEART, DO YOUR KIDS KNOW WHAT YOU DO? THIS IS PURE MADDNESS

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    • Joshua Rands GULFPORT, MS
      • almost 2 years ago

      Every time I sign one of these it just makes me more and more sick to my stomach.

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    • rebecca vitale mandich PALO ALTO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      another travesty inflicted by humans..who is the predator...

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