• Petitioned Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack

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Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack
William H. Clay
USDA Forest Service George Vargas, Data Quality Official
Webmaster Donavan Albert
Dr. Caird E. Rexroad Associate Administrator
Erin Morris, Deputy Associate Adminsitrator
Kim Ogle Quality of Information/Peer Review Officer
Quality of Information Officer Mary Thomas, CIO & Director
Information Quality Officer Benjamin Smallwood
James C.Carlson Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife Biologist
Research Biologist
Wildlife Biologist
Justin W. Fischer
Research Biologist
Alan B. Franklin
Wildlife Biologist
Tricia L. Fry
David A.Goldade
Katherine E.Horak
Laura .E. Hulslander, Chemist
Shylo .R. Johnson, Biologist
Michael L. Avery, Research Wildlife Biologist
Gordon R. Gathright, Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer
Gary .J. Killian, Reproductive Physiologist, Fort Collins/Las Cruces NM
Bruce.A.Kimball, Research Chemist
George M. Linz, Research Wildlife Biologist
William C. Pitt, Research Wildlife Biologist
Travis L. DeVault, Research Wildlife Biologist
Julie K. Young, Research Wildlife Biologist
Jimmy D. Taylor II, Research Wildlife Biologist
Gail M. Keirn, Legislative and Public Affairs
Jeanette R. O'Hare, Pesticide Registration Specialist
Scott C. Lemmons, Wildlife Biologist


    1. Kailey H.
    2. Petition by

      Kailey H.

      New York, New York, United States

Every year, Wildlife Services, a little known federal agency within the Department of Agriculture, poisons & tortures wolves, bears, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, and other innocent animals including OUR PETS! Wildlife Services prefers two toxins to kill predators: Compound 1080, a rat poison developed by the Nazis during World War II, and sodium cyanide distributed through M44 projectile devices – spring-loaded, baited mechanisms that release poison into the mouth of any animal who disturbs it. 1080 is a poison so lethal a single teaspoon can kill 100 people. Animals exposed to these poisons suffer painful deaths as they experience convulsions, central nervous system failure, cardiac arrest, and suffocation. Because both poisons are indiscriminate, any animal, including dogs and other domestic animals, are sometimes killed by the poisons.

The core purpose of Wildlife Services’ predator control activities is to prevent commercial livestock losses from predation by wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, and other wild carnivores. Working directly with commercial operators and state and local governments, Wildlife Services uses a combination of lethal control methods, like trapping, aerial gunning, poisoning, and denning (killing young in their dens), and some non-lethal control methods.

But driven by narrow agricultural interests, these predator control activities often ignore the greater public need for a healthy environment, fiscal responsibility, and safe public lands, raising some serious questions about how the program is being administered.

Should the focus be on killing predators? The USDA's own statistics show that most livestock losses come from weather, disease, illness, and birthing problems, not predation. Wildlife Services continues to "preventatively" kill more than 100,000 native carnivores each year, even when the effectiveness of such killing is unproven or, worse, counterproductive.

What about unintended consequences? Lethal control methods the program employs have led to dozens of injuries and deaths from aircraft crashes, poisoned pets (and even some people), and the degradation of ecosystems that rely on healthy predator populations to function. Some efforts have even increased the reproduction rates of the same animals they’re attempting to control.

Today, the program spends over $100 million annually to kill more than one million animals.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Death by 1080 takes 3-15 HOURS!!!!!

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer

      Compound 1080 or sodium fluoroacetate, is placed in collars strapped on the necks of sheep or goats that spill the poison when punctured. The poison is so deadly it is allowed to be used in only 11 states, has been outlawed in two states, and is banned in many countries. There is no antidote to Compound 1080 exposure, and carcasses contaminated by the substance must be handled as hazardous waste. Death by Compound 1080 is excruciating and slow (it usually takes between 3 and 15 hours).
      Exposure can result in cardiac failure, progressive failure of the central nervous system, or respiratory arrest following severe prolonged convulsions.

    3. Bill to Ban Two Lethal Poisons, Compound 1080 & M-44s

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer
      Predator Defense - Legislation To Ban Deadly M-44s and Compound 1080 Re-introduced in Congress

      In June 2008 Brooks Fahy (l) and Dennis & Dorothy Slaugh (r) met with Representative Peter DeFazio on Capital Hill. Dennis is suffering severe, long- term health affects from M-44 poisoning.

    4. Poisonous M44 Sodium Cyanide Traps killed dog and poisoned owner

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer
      Poisonous M44 Sodium Cyanide Traps

      From: http://www.cnn.com/video/ March 12, 2011 Wiki -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M44_(cyanide_device) Critics say toxic traps meant to kill livestock predators are harming humans and killing endangered species and pets. FAIR USE NOTICE: This video may contain copyrighted material. Such material is made available for educational purposes only.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. Type in your zip code and a letter will be sent to your congressman

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer

      Urge your Member of Congress to investigate the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services.
      *This action is limited to residents of the United States*

      Endangered Species Coalition

      Copyright 2008 Endangered Species Coalition. All rights reserved.

    7. Meet Bella, Husky Who Lost Leg to Unmarked Trap from Wildlife Services

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer

      "We don't have to answer to anyone,"-Wildlife Services

      Meet Bella, Husky Who Lost Leg to Unmarked Trap

      This is the story of Bella, a beautiful Husky mix who became the victim of a trap set out to kill wolves deep in the Boise National Forest of Idaho. She bit off her own foot in a desperate attempt to escape, and later lost her entire leg due to trap damage.

    8. The USDA's War on Wildlife

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer
      Predator Defense - The USDA Wildlife Services' War on Wildlife

      Predator Defense strives to eliminate the USDA Wildlife Services predator control program.

    9. FOX NEWS: "Abuse called a 'regular practice' within Wildlife Services"

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer

      Rex Shaddox, a Texas law enforcement officer who worked for Wildlife Services in the 1980’s, said he left the agency – which at the time was called Animal Damage Control – after a particularly disturbing occurrence.

      Shaddox said he and other workers were ordered to report to a city dump in Uvalde, Texas, to witness agency officials experiment with M-44 sodium cyanide on dogs from a local pound that were supposed to be euthanized.

      “We were told to watch as they held the dogs down and shot cyanide into their mouths, one by one,” he said. “I went home and cried that day. And then I quit.”

      Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/12/animal-torture-abuse-called-regular-practice-within-federal-wildlife-agency/#ixzz2Pq70GE8t


      Animal torture, abuse called a 'regular practice' within federal wildlife agency

      It was a productive day for Gary Strader when he pulled his vehicle up to a remote site in northeast Nevada and found nine coyotes caught in leg hold snares set by the federal government. As was routine, Strader, a former trapper with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, signaled his dogs to attack.

    10. Renewed call for probe of federal Wildlife Services

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer
      Renewed call for probe of federal Wildlife Services - The Sacramento Bee

      Two U.S. congressmen are once again calling for a probe of a little-known federal agency called Wildlife Services, citing photos of animal abuse posted on the Internet by an agency employee. "We are gravely concerned that (the) photographs ... do not represent an isolated occurrence, but may reflect a deep-rooted problem within the Wildlife Services program," wrote Reps.

    11. Maggie lost her life to Wildlife Services

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer

      Imagine a federal wildlife agency setting deadly "instant-kill" traps within 45 feet of your suburban back yard where your children play. Imagine that one of those government-set traps kills your beloved dog and no one returns for the trap, or to even say they're sorry.

      This sounds like the kind of government abuse and secrecy one would see exposed on "60 Minutes," and it should be. However, that is not the case in Gresham, Oregon, a suburb of Portland, where the government has made every effort to intentionally hide such a tragedy.
      The agency responsible? Wildlife Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal, Plant, and Health Inspection Services.


      Maggie's Story: Save Our Pets

      This is the story of the McCurtain family, who tragically lost their dog, Maggie, to a trap that was set in a community common area, just 45 feet from their back yard, in Gresham, Oregon. The trap was illegally set by the USDA's Wildlife Services lethal predator control program.

    12. WildEarth Guardians asked for public records from the U.S.D.A.

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer

      Published on Oct 23, 2012
      WildEarth Guardians asked for public records from the U.S.D.A. Wildlife Services under the Freedom of Information Act regarding purported livestock kills attributed to the Fox Mountain Mexican wolf pack. In response, Wildlife Services sent 870 pages of documents in two batches. The first batch contained 739 pages of which 635 were fully blanked out. In the second batch, it sent 131 pages of which 47 were blacked out. What do you think Wildlife Services is hiding from the public?

      In the records, Wildlife Services attributes six cattle deaths to the Fox Mountain pack. As a result of these claims, the mother of the pack, AF1188, was trapped and incarcerated leaving behind 5 pups and her life-long mate.

      Wildlife Services' Records Response Related to Fox Mountain Wolf Pack October 2012

      WildEarth Guardians asked for public records from the U.S.D.A. Wildlife Services under the Freedom of Information Act regarding purported livestock kills attributed to the Fox Mountain Mexican wolf pack. In response, Wildlife Services sent 870 pages of documents in two batches. The first batch contained 739 pages of which 635 were fully blanked out.

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. Wildlife Services accidentally killed 50,000 "non-target" animals

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer

      Since 2000, employees have killed more than 1 million coyotes and other predators, along with many other species, from nonnative starlings and wild pigs to migratory shorebirds, beaver, porcupines, river otters and other native wildlife.

      In the process, they have also accidentally killed more than 50,000 non-target animals, from domestic dogs to golden eagles and black bears, The Bee investigation found.

      U.S. wildlife agent accused of trapping a neighbor's dog - The Sacramento Bee

      The arrest of a federal Wildlife Services trapper in Arizona earlier this month on a charge of animal cruelty has sparked renewed concern about the little-known agency. Wildlife Services, which was the focus of a Bee investigative series last year, is a division of the U.S.

    15. Protect your Pets

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer
      U.S. wildlife agent accused of trapping a neighbor's dog - The Sacramento Bee

      The arrest of a federal Wildlife Services trapper in Arizona earlier this month on a charge of animal cruelty has sparked renewed concern about the little-known agency. Wildlife Services, which was the focus of a Bee investigative series last year, is a division of the U.S.

    16. Reached 250 signatures
    17. USDA responsible for mass poisoning of millions of birds

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer
      USDA responsible for mass poisoning of millions of birds - NaturalNews.tv.mp4

      This news report reveals that the USDA poisoned a group of several thousand birds in Nebraska as part of its "Bye Bye Blackbird" program, which has murdered over FOUR MILLION birds since 2009. Carol Bannerman with the USDA Wildlife Services defends this activity and claims it's being done to protect "human health and safety."

    18. Last time I checked, poisoning any animal was animal cruelty.

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer

      "USDA does not condone any form of animal cruelty "~Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary.

    19. Peter Defazio (D-OR)

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer
      WILDLIFE SERVICES INVESTIGATION REQUEST AND AGENCY RESPONSE - March 12, 2013 | Congressional Record | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

      Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E277-E278] WILDLIFE SERVICES INVESTIGATION REQUEST AND AGENCY RESPONSE ______ HON. PETER A. DeFAZIO of oregon in the house of representatives Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Mr. DeFAZIO. Mr. Speaker, on November 30, 2012 I sent a letter to the U.S.

    20. Rep. John Campbell (R-CA)

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer

      Fox reporter Cristina Corbin has uncovered a "regular practice" of animal cruelty, like making hunting dogs rip coyotes apart, at Wildlife Services. As Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) put it to Fox, "This agency has become an outlet for people to abuse animals for no particular reason...It is completely out of control. They need to be brought into the 21st century."

    21. Animal abuse, torture & dead pets.

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer
      Animal Abuse, Torture, and Dead Pets: Fox News Shines Spotlight on Wildlife Services | Melissa Waage's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

      The Sacramento Bee and Voice of San Diego have both published exposes about the abuses of the Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services agency, which spends federal tax dollars to kill wild carnivores in the tens of thousands annually, largely to benefit private agribusiness. Now Fox News is on the case as well.

    22. Contact your Congressman about the issue

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer
      Contacting the Congress: A Citizen's Congressional Directory

      Contacting the Congress is a very up-to-date citizen's congressional directory for the 113th Congress. As of March 19, 2013 there are 538 electronic contact addresses (of which 535 are Web-based contact forms), and 538 home pages known for the 540 members of the 113th Congress.

    23. Please Watch

      Kailey H.
      Petition Organizer
      Lethal Dose

      Help stop the governments indiscriminate poisoning of wildlife on our public lands. Go to www.NoMorePoison.org and make your voice heard. Photos: Pete Coplon Don Johnston Steven Kazlowski Predator Defense Mark Raycroft Sky Reid-Mills Melissa Waage Music: Kevin MacLeod Voiceover: Susan Emmet Reid Created By Sky Reid-Mills

    24. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Phaedra Dresch CRAWFORDVILLE, GA
      • 6 months ago

      This is not what citizens want the government to do

    • ali afnan MULTAN, PAKISTAN
      • 7 months ago

      i agree with this petition

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      As long as people think

      that animals do not feel,

      Animals must feel,

      that people do not think.

      (Author unknown)

      None of us has the right

      to say to a fellow human being or an animal:

      Either you do what I say,

      or I'll hurt you ...

      (Monty Roberts ("Horse Whisperer"))

      The greatness and the moral progress of a nation can be judged by

      how they treat their animals.

      (Mahadma Gandhi)

      Everything that human does to the animals,

      returns to humans.


      Solange Menschen denken,

      dass Tiere nicht fühlen,

      müssen Tiere fühlen,

      dass Menschen nicht denken.

      (Verfasser unbekannt)

      Niemand von uns Menschen hat das Recht,

      zu einem Mitmenschen oder einem Tier zu sagen:

      Entweder du machst was ich sage,

      oder ich werde dir wehtun...

      (Monty Roberts ("Pferdeflüsterer"))

      Die Größe und den moralischen Fortschritt einer Nation kann man daran messen,

      wie sie ihre Tiere behandeln.

      (Mahadma Gandhi)

      Alles, was der Mensch den Tieren antut,

      kommt auf den Menschen zurück.


    • Maica B. LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
      • 8 months ago

      "Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human life". ~ Albert Schweitzer

    • Evelyn DiBella HORNELL, NY
      • 8 months ago

      They have a right to life!!


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