Tell Our Government to Stop the War on Wildlife
  • Petitioned Secretary Tom Vilsack

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Secretary of Agriculture, USDA
Secretary Tom Vilsack

Tell Our Government to Stop the War on Wildlife

    1. Petition by

      The Humane Society of The United States

Nearly 80 years to the day have passed since Congress gave the Secretary of Agriculture broad authority to investigate and control certain predatory or wild animals and so-called nuisance mammal and bird species by passing the Animal Damage Control Act of 1931. Since that time, the federal government has poisoned, trapped, and shot predators and other wildlife, often on public lands, for the benefit of private livestock producers.

In recent years, the government has turned its sights on birds, beavers, deer and other wildlife. Recent news highlighted the deaths of thousands of starlings who fell from the sky—poisoned by our government.While the research arm of the government program that conducts the killing—known as Wildlife Services—spends tax dollars developing non-lethal methods of control, its agents in the field promote killing as the only solution. With your help, the 80th anniversary will represent a turning point in one of the longest and saddest periods in the history of the treatment of American wildlife.

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Please sign the petition, and also fill out and submit the form on our website, to send a brief, polite message to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to support reform of this infamous program.

 

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. "Aflockalypse" Starling Deaths Caused by USDA

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Last month, residents of Yankton, South Dakota were puzzled by the hundreds of starlings lying dead throughout the area. Witness Alison Brown told the local NBC station, "The street where we park and the sidewalks were just covered with them."
      Well,...

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    • Cierra Hurd ATLANTA, GA
      • about 3 years ago

      I cant believe I even have to sign a petition asking for such a simple request. Leave nature alone!

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    • SJ Champ LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES
      • about 3 years ago

      STOP ALL FORMS OF ANIMAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT NOW !!! ANIMALS HAVE A GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO LIVE IN SAFETY AND PEACE.

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    • Susan Lilly WINNETKA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      While I understand that Starlings can be an invasive species, it is never okay or morally justified to kill them ... especially with the inhumane method of poisoning. The USDA has shown continued irresponsibility in the poisoning of many different animals and I sincerely hope this policy is ended!

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    • Lindsey Bradford APPLE VALLEY, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      This needs to end now! The anti-feral cat people need to direct their anger towards the USFWS they are the number one reason for the song birds declining number. Put the blame where it belongs people.

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    • monica ghoodjani TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      We are competing against mother nature. No matter what you do now, she will strike back with oustanding power and the ability to wipe us all out in seconds. Stop being such idiots and think rationally, this is our Earth and is our one and only hope for not only us, but the precious animals to live it, stop destroying these animal's home for gods sake stop the greed. The human race was truly a mistake to Earth, I just hope it ends as soon at it started.

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