Saturday, October 27, 2007

Federal Wildlife agents kill 1.6 million animals in 2006

The Animal Welfare Information Center's blog posted a link to an article in Forbes detailing the number of animals killed by federal wildlife agents last year. The total number was 1.6 million including a record number of endangered wolves and more than a million birds. The killings were undertaken because of perceived threats to livestock, crops and air travel.

While I recommend the entire article, this passage was of particular interest:
Environmental groups seized on the figures to renew their call for the elimination of Wildlife Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that removes animals at the request of the livestock industry, government agencies and others.

"We don't think the government should be in the extermination business," said Jeff Ruch with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

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