Landmark Settlement Reins in Rogue Federal Wildlife Killing Program
GOOD NEWS! We should hold our wildlife management agencies accountable for the tens of thousands of animals killed each year in our state and our nation. This litigation addresses lethal control methods of Wildlife Services including trapping which is not based on a science foundation. Thousands of non-target species that are trapped and killed are not reported or recorded. The public is demanding more transparency and accountability for the “management” of wildlife that belongs to all of us.
“Missoula, MT— A federal court approved a groundbreaking settlement agreement between WildEarth Guardians and the federal wildlife killing program, Wildlife Services, late last week. The settlement comes over a year after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that WildEarth Guardians’ interests are injured by the program’s activities and the organization may challenge them in court. Under the settlement, Wildlife Services will conduct new environmental analyses in Nevada and across the nation, cease reliance on an old, largely debunked analysis and end killing activities on certain public lands.”
“This agreement means Wildlife Services can no longer rely on disproven ‘science’ to justify its cruel and ecologically unsound killing practices,” said Bethany Cotton, wildlife program director for WildEarth Guardians. “We call on the program to use this opportunity to accept the clear science demonstrating that lethal control of native wildlife is ineffective and often counterproductive, and to adopt a coexistence mandate.”
Get the details on this agreement: http://bit.ly/2dWMEk7
Thank you WildEarth Guardians for being the voice for wildlife, and demanding accountability from all wildlife “managers”.