After running two recent posts on the atrocities committed by Wildlife Services, I received many messages and comments asking how we can stop the secretive and out-of-control federal agency. Two lawsuits have been filed against Wildlife Services recently. Winning legal battles takes savvy lawyers, time, energy, and lots of money - and that is how we can help. By donating what we can, each of us helps fuel the fight. Here's a rundown on who is on the front lines and where you can donate.
Two organizations, Advocates for the West and Western Watersheds Project - on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians, Friends of the Clearwater, and Project Coyote - filed suit in February against Wildlife Services in Idaho for its outrageous mistreatment of wildlife. Advocates for the West estimate that in 2015 alone it will cost them $50,000 to keep this case moving.
The lawsuit says that the US Department of Agriculture failed to fully analyze and disclose the impact of its Wildlife Services program in Idaho, which kills thousands of wolves, coyotes, foxes, cougars, birds, and other wild animals each year at taxpayer expense. The multimillion-dollar federal program, whose work primarily benefits the agriculture industry, relies on an array of lethal methods including aerial and ground shooting, poisoning, trapping, and using explosives. The lawsuit wants the agency to adopt nonlethal methods and develop an environmental impact statement to analyze the long-term impact of killing wildlife across the state.