Press Release from Center for Biological Diversity
Petition Seeks to Reform Secretive Federal Agency That Kills Millions of Wild Animals
‘Wildlife Services’ Shoots, Traps, Poisons Animals With Little Regulation, Public Accountability
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the Obama administration today to reform the federal wildlife-killing agency known as “Wildlife Services,” which kills nearly 1.5 million coyotes, bears, otters, foxes, birds and other animals each year without any requirement to disclose its activities to the public. The secretive killing — which includes aerial gunning, traps and exploding poison caps — has gone on for decades with little public oversight or rules requiring the use of the best available science or techniques to reduce the deaths of nontarget animals.
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