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Weigh in on White House request for agencies to reform or eliminate

The White House has requested feedback on agencies to reform or eliminate to “make the Federal government more efficient, effective, and accountable to you, the American people.”

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Tell them to start with Wildlife Services, the office within the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that kills nearly 3 million animals annually at a cost of $120 million, which is borne largely by taxpayers. You can help out in two ways:

1. If you have a Twitter account, send the following tweet on June 7:

#EndWildlifeSlaughter at Wildlife Services. Shift to nonlethal management to minimize wildlife conflict @OMBPress #EndTheWarOnWildlife

2. If you'd like to provide official feedback, you can go to this (unnecessarily cumbersome) White House page and do the following before June 12

For SELECT CABINET AGENCY (SELECT AS MANY AS APPLICABLE):

  • Choose Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

For SELECT OTHER AGENCIES, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS (SELECT AS MANY AS APPLICABLE):

  • Choose NONE

For PLEASE SHARE YOUR IDEA, INCLUDING THE PROPOSAL AND BENEFITS. IF NECESSARY, YOU MAY INCLUDE A LINK TO A MORE DETAILED REPORT OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

  • Copy and paste the following text—and better yet, edit to make it your own!

Please discontinue the lethal wildlife removal programs of Wildlife Services within the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Each year Wildlife Services uses inhumane, costly, and indiscriminate means to kill nearly 3 million animals, ranging from coyotes to cottontails and from prairie dogs to parakeets.

The White House is interested in “Making the Federal government more efficient, effective, and accountable to … the American people.” Ending the wasteful and inhumane practices that constitute the majority of this office’s $120 million budget would be an ideal place to start.

Wildlife Services’ lethal wildlife control programs are ineffective, costly, and better left to the states. They also put human and companion animal lives at risk, and present a national security risk as they are vulnerable to exploitation by bioterrorists. 

Wildlife Services has important roles to play in reducing wildlife-human conflicts through humane, nonlethal methods. Please end Wildlife Services’ costly, inefficient and inhumane lethal wildlife management practices and reform the agency to one that uses only these nonlethal methods.

Under What agency would you like to eliminate?

Select NONE for the first two fields and N/A for Why?

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