Our New Legal Fight Over Wildlife-killing in Washington
Every year the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Wildlife Services" program kills thousands of native animals in the state of Washington — including bears, beavers, wolves, cougars and bobcats.
The tools of the trade? Leghold traps, strangulation snares, poisons and aerial gunners.
So this week the Center for Biological Diversity sued over the program's killing operations in the state.
"With this lawsuit we're forcing Wildlife Services to consider alternatives to its mass-extermination programs," said Sophia Ressler, a Center attorney. "The science shows that nonlethal methods of addressing wildlife conflicts work. Wildlife Services should acknowledge that and scrutinize its cruel, outdated programs."
The lawsuit is part of our nationwide campaign against Wildlife Services, which killed more than 1.5 million native animals last year.
Read more about it and consider donating to our Stop Wildlife Services Fund.