Posted by: kinshipcircle | January 23, 2009

HELP ABOLISH LETHAL WILDLIFE SERVICES DURING OBAMA’S FREEZE

1/22/09, UPDATE: Obama’s Freeze May Give Gray Wolves Reprieve
Plus: Sign-On To Letter To Abolish “Lethal” Wildlife Services

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On 1/14/09, an Interior Department rule under the Bush Administration
removed gray wolves in the western Great Lakes and northern Rocky Mountains
regions from the federal endangered species list.

Photo credit: John and
Karen Hollingsworth, US Fish & Wildlife Service

KINSHIP CIRCLE: After years of struggle with the Bush Admin to keep
safeguards intact for America’s gray wolves — within 24 hours of his White
House arrival, President Obama attempts to restore stolen protections.

“Within hours of Obama’s inauguration, his administration froze last-minute
Bush administration regulations before they could take effect. Among them
was an Interior Department proposal to remove gray wolves from Endangered
Species protections in much of the northern Rocky Mountains…”
http://news.aol.com/main/inauguration/article/obama-day-one/310532

We hope more anti-environment/animal rules, made by Bush & Company on its
way out the door, are also frozen and overturned.

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President Obama Puts The Brakes On Delisting Wolves

SOURCE: 1/21/09, Obama Freezes Pending Federal Rules, Wolves May Benefit
FULL STORY:
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jan2009/2009-01-21-03.asp

WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) – In one of his first presidential acts, President
Barack Obama has ordered federal agencies to halt all pending regulations
until his administration can review them… The freeze halts publication of
federal regulations planned under the Bush administration but not yet
published in the Federal Register.

Wildlife conservationists say the freeze will possibly prevent the removal
of gray wolves from the federal endangered species list in Montana, Idaho,
Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and also in portions of Washington,
Oregon, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio…

Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity says the pause will
afford President Obama and his new Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar the
opportunity to rethink the previous administration’s efforts to remove
wolves from the endangered species list…

Gray wolves are gone from over 95% of their historic range, including on
millions of acres of national forests, national parks and Bureau of Land
Management public lands whose ecological health has suffered in the absence
of wolves… In the northern Rocky Mountains, wolf numbers are too low and
populations too fragmented to ensure long-term survival, Robinson says…

The Fish and Wildlife Service and its predecessor agency were responsible
for the extermination of wolves throughout much of the 20th century on
behalf of the livestock industry… Under an exception to the Endangered
Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Service actions have resulted in the federal
killing of 931 wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains and at least 1,951
wolves in the Great Lakes region from 1996 through 2008.

KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGNS:
11/25/08: Save Gray Wolves From Bush Admin’s Kill Plan
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1779&seriesfirst=true
NOV. 2008: Animals Would Like President-Elect Obama To Know…
Wildlife Want An End To Lethal Management
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/digest/2008_12.html#anchor4
9/29/08 UPDATES / AUG – OCT: Bush Admin VS. Gray Wolves: GOP Losing
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_aug-oct_2008.html#anchor10
2/29/08 UPDATES / APRIL – JUNE: Gray Wolf Hunts Planned After De-Listing
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_apr-jun_2008.html#anchor28
FACT SHEET FOR YOU TO DOWNLOAD: Hunting
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/AHuntersStory.pdf

OTHER REFERENCES:
Obama Freezes Pending Federal Rules, Wolves May Benefit
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jan2009/2009-01-21-03.asp
Bush: Gray wolves aren’t endangered any more
http://www.sciam.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=bush-gray-wolves-arent-endangered-a-2009-01-15
Government makes decision on gray wolf protection
http://www.physorg.com/news151221933.html

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Sign Letter To Abolish Wildlife Services Funding

SOURCE: 1/22/09, Brian Vincent, brian@bigwildlife.org
BIG WILDLIFE WEBSITE: http://www.bigwildlife.org

DO NOT REPLY TO KINSHIP CIRCLE.
We do not have time to forward letters for people, but hope you will sign
and send to Big Wildlife. SEND SIGNED VERSION OF LETTER BELOW TO BRIAN
VINCENT: brian@bigwildlife.org

PLEASE SIGN ONTO LETTER TO ABOLISH WILDLIFE SERVICES FUNDING
DEADLINE TO SIGN ON: January 29, 2009
Below is a letter prepared by Wild Earth Guardians to the Obama
Administration urging the White House to end funding of the Department of
Agriculture’s Wildlife Services. As you may be aware, every year, Wildlife
Services kills millions of animals, including thousands of native
carnivores. The agency employs a host of cruel (and expensive and
unnecessary) methods to kill coyotes, bears, cougars, wolves, and other
wildlife. Animals are shot, poisoned, gassed in their dens, trapped, snared,
clubbed, pursued by hounds, targeted from helicopters and planes, or lured
to bait stations where they are shot. Other animals, even family dogs and
cats, are unintentionally injured or killed by agency actions…
http://www.wildearthguardians.org

TO SIGN ON TO LETTER:
DEADLINE TO SIGN ON: January 29, 2009
Send the following information to Brian Vincent — brian@bigwildlife.org
He will then forward that information to Wild Earth Guardians.

YOUR NAME:
TITLE:
AFFILIATION:
ADDRESS:
PHONE:
EMAIL:
WEBSITE URL:

COPY OF LETTER YOU ARE SIGNING ON TO:
January 26, 2009

Nancy Killefer, Chief Performance Officer
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

Re: Get the Federal Government Out of the Wildlife Extermination Business

Dear Ms. Killefer:

President Barack Obama has called for budget reform and line-by-line review
to root out government programs that do not work. In his inaugural address
of January 20th, Mr. Obama called upon government to “restore science,” make
government “work” and when it does not to “end” programs.

One obvious candidate for the axe is Wildlife Services, a branch of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, which spends over $100 million annually to kill
more than one million animals-including black and grizzly bears, beavers,
mountain lions, coyotes, and wolves. Most of this killing is done to protect
private industry and public lands ranchers, yet all Americans foot the bill
for this ineffective, wasteful, ecologically unsound, and ethically
indefensible agency.

Between 2004 and 2007, Wildlife Services killed more than 8.3 million
animals, largely at taxpayer expense. We contend this agency is:

*    Biologically and Fiscally Unsound. Both biologists and economists
criticize Wildlife Services for using a “sledgehammer approach” to wildlife
management, which relies largely on non-selective killing methods such as
poison, primitive neck snares and traps, and aerial gunning, but fails to
look at look at long-term, ecologically sound, and humane solutions to
human-wildlife conflicts;

*    Unnecessary. A handful of livestock producers actually experience
predator problems while the vast majority of unintended cattle and sheep
deaths come from birthing problems, disease, or weather, not predation.  In
essence, Wildlife Services’ livestock protection program is an unneeded,
costly subsidy to one private business that unfairly competes with private
animal control businesses for contracts;

*    Sloppy and Dangerous. Wildlife Services litters the American landscape
with deadly poisons and traps that are inherently indiscriminate and often
kill curious pets, threatened and endangered species, and other animals that
are unintentionally killed. The USDA’s Office of Inspector General has
sanctioned Wildlife Services as a security threat on several occasions for
its negligent handling of toxicants. Last year, the Environmental Protection
Agency charged the agency for improper placement of sodium cyanide booby
trap on public lands that harmed a Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and
killed his dog. In addition, the Wildlife Services aerial gunning program
caused at least ten human fatalities and 28 injuries to federal employees
and contractors; and

*    Anachronistic, Unethical, and Environmentally Abusive. Because of this
agency’s history of misuse and abuse of wildlife and public lands, it has
been called to task by Congress several  times over its 100-year history. A
1995 GAO report found that Wildlife Services fails to use non-lethal methods
to protect livestock and a 2001 GAO report said the agency could not justify
its costs relative to its benefits. Moreover, the American Society of
Mammologists – one of the oldest and most respected professional
associations of scientists in North America – have issued two resolutions,
first in 1934, and then in 1999, that called on the agency to “cease
indiscriminate, preemptive, lethal control programs on federal, state, and
private lands….and to focus on the implementation of non-lethal control
strategies, compensatory measures, and sound animal husbandry techniques.”

Astonishingly, even though practical and time-tested non-lethal alternatives
are available, Wildlife Services continues to rely on lethal, indiscriminate
methods that wastes millions of dollars in worthless, “research” projects
that provide little to no practical applicability. In the meantime, new,
more effective non-lethal techniques that have been developed are seldom
actually employed in the field. The few useful functions of this agency
could be easily transferred to state, local and private agencies without ill
effect. The Portland International Airport, for example, handles its own
bird-strike mitigation program.

As the Obama Administration takes its scalpel to root out costly and
wasteful programs, we urge the administration to see this agency for what it
is by getting rid of this costly, ineffective, and unjustifiable boondoggle.

Sincerely yours,

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  1. […] Kinship Circle: UPDATE: Obama’s Freeze May Give Gray Wolves Reprieve; Plus: Sign-On To Letter To A… “On 1/14/09, an Interior Department rule under the Bush Administration removed gray wolves in the western Great Lakes and northern Rocky Mountains regions from the federal endangered species list. : ‘Within hours of Obama’s inauguration, his administration froze last-minute Bush administration regulations before they could take effect. Among them was an Interior Department proposal to remove gray wolves from Endangered Species protections in much of the northern Rocky Mountains…’” […]

  2. Hi, this is Brenda Shoss. I am founder/president of Kinship Circle and just wanted to introduce myself to followers of our new blog and THANK YOU for taking part in our efforts to stop animal cruelty.

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  3. President Obama

    please abolish lethal wild services during the freeze.
    thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Shirley Ross

  4. […] 1/22/09: Obama’s Freeze May Give Gray Wolves Reprieve kinshipcircle.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/help-abolish-lethal-wildlife-services-during-obamas-freeze/ […]


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