Meet the Government Agency Using Your Tax Dollars to Kill Wildlife

Written by Claire Morgenstern, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

They’re like a government kill team that targets wildlife and our tax dollars are keeping them in business.

Who are they? A little-known government agency called Wildlife Services. This rogue agency spends tens of millions of taxpayer funds to kill over 100,000 defenseless wild animals every year. And right now, they’re getting away with it.

Wildlife Services, part of the Department of Agriculture, kills at the behest of big ranchers and agribusiness. Its stated mission is to “resolve conflicts” with wildlife by using poisons, traps, aerial gunning and other brutal methods.

Tragically, their operation has wiped out more than two million wild animals since 2000. Of those, more than 50,000 were killed accidentally, including endangered species and even household pets.

But the tide is turning. The USDA’s Inspector General has signaled that she will conduct a long-overdue investigation of this out-of-control agency and its “predator control” program. That means we finally have a chance to expose this secretive and senseless attack on wildlife and end it for good.

NRDC is mobilizing a massive public outcry to make sure the Inspector General follows through and that the Obama Administration ends the killing once and for all. We’ll also be sounding the alarm in the media and through our hard-hitting documentary, “Wild Things.”

Make no mistake: this agency is going to carry on with its wildlife killing spree unless it is held accountable and forced to stop. But that won’t happen unless hundreds of thousands of us make our voices heard right away.

Please send a message to the Inspector General and call for an immediate end to this taxpayer-funded travesty. The lives of thousands of wild animals depend on it.

Photo Credit: NRDC

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a month ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne Brownabout a year ago

signed, thanks for sharing :)

Mark Donner
Mark Donners2 years ago

Costa Rica has outright banned hunting. Try to do that in the US or Canada and hordes of cowardly psychopathic killers would be coming out of the woodwork screeching and threatening.

Mark Donner
Mark Donners2 years ago

Government agencies like USDA, Wildlife "Services", etc are simply rotten, evil and corrupt to the core since they tend to attract and actively hire psychopathic criminals to do their criminal activities. This is the nature of the majority of their staff, who belong in prisons for life, not in a government position or in one of those criminal corporations terrorizing decent society. If these government lowlifes weren't massacring wildlife and poisoning the landscape, they would be spending their time with armed robbery, murder and mayhem in their respective neighborhoods

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright2 years ago

I am not surprised to read this.....
Angry? You betcha.........

Angela l.
angela l.2 years ago

They think they can get away. NO, someone up there is watching 24/7. These killers are the demons, they are not humans. They come to destroy the planet, like they don't live here. Absolutely stupid!!!!!!!

Laura Saxon
.2 years ago

Terrible! Someone needs to stop them.

Cynthia B.
cynthia B.2 years ago

this is a travesty and the wildlife services is a joke they are voracious predators, with a rapacious and insatiable appetite to kill

Sandi C.
Sandi C.2 years ago


Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper2 years ago