EXPOSED – USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife
An agency within the USDA called Wildlife Services—a misnamed entity if there ever was one—has been having their way for almost a century, killing over 100,000 native predators and millions of birds each year, as well as maiming, poisoning, and brutalizing countless pets. They have also seriously harmed more than a few humans. And they apparently think they are going to continue getting away with it.
But in our new documentary, EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife, whistle-blowers go on the record showing Wildlife Services for what it really is—an unaccountable, out-of-control, wildlife killing machine that acts at the bidding of corporate agriculture and the hunting lobby, all with taxpayer dollars.
Our call for reforming this rogue agency is getting serious attention. A teaser of EXPOSED was just featured on CNN Headline News and is slated for an upcoming special segment. We’re also working to get a CBS “60 Minutes” exposé.
In January 2014 we’ll kick off a nationwide film screening tour. Whistleblower Rex Shaddox will attend some of our screenings, including one planned for members of Congress at the Capital building in D.C. We hope to have other speakers tour with us if we can raise enough funds.
- Meet the whistle-blowers
- Read rave reviews of EXPOSED from noted experts
- Donate in support of our work to screen EXPOSED across the nation
- Contact us to organize or host a screening in your area
Your Tax Dollars at Work
The following pictures show animals injured or killed as the result of Wildlife Services’ methods. WARNING: These pictures are very graphic and may not be suitable for children.
- Victims of M-44 sodium cyanide devices
- Nine fox kits orphaned by USDA’s Wildlife Services – Photo | Story
- Domestic cat injured in leg hold trap set by Wildlife Services. Leg was later amputated.
- Young puppy suffers after being caught in Wildlife Services’ necksnare. The puppy was discovered by area residents and the photo was taken after one week of healing.
- Coyote caught in Wildlife Services necksnare
- Warning signs required to be posted by Wildlife Services. Often the signs are not posted or are missing.
- School children in Montana pose with wolves that Wildlife Services killed with aerial gunning in 2004. Seven wolves were killed in this incident.
- Cougars killed by Wildlife Services. This infamous photo of the severed heads of 11 mountain lions was taken by an outraged employee of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. These animals were among 24 lions killed by the federal agency Animal Damage Control (now called Wildlife Services) in the Galiuro mountains of Arizona, a wilderness area North of Willcox. All were killed on federal lands on the Coronado National Forest over a six-month period from December 1988-May 1989. While it is uncertain whether any of these cougars ever preyed on livestock, the ostensible purpose of the killings was to protect cattle that were grazing on public lands. This type of indiscriminate lethal predator control continues in almost all of the states where mountain lions occur. California is an exception in that only specific mountain lions documented to have killed livestock or threatened people are subject to lethal control by wildlife agencies. Also, in California, no sport hunting of mountain lions is allowed.
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when you wage war on
those around you,
you are waging war
Karen Lyons Kalmenson