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Monterey Sued Over Federal Wildlife Killing Contract

Monterey Sued Over Federal Wildlife Killing Contract

Nationwide, Wildlife Services killed more than 2.7 million animals in 2014 (the last year for which data is available). The agency’s use of poison and traps has also injured people and killed more than 1,100 dogs since 2000.

Today’s lawsuit notes that Monterey County’s renewal of the contract violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because the county failed to analyze the environmental impacts of its agreement and wrongfully claimed an exemption from CEQA. Also, the county held no public hearings about a CEQA exemption claim, and has not disclosed the details of its agreement with Wildlife Services.

A Monterey County resident joined with Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Animal Welfare Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Project Coyote and the Mountain Lion Foundation to file today’s lawsuit.

Read full article: Monterey Sued Over Federal Wildlife Killing Contract

Image:  Gerry Scully

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