Many Americans have never heard of the federal program that uses their tax dollars to slaughter wildlife across the U.S. Wildlife Services, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), uses outdated and inhumane methods to kill “nuisance” animals, including coyotes and other native canids, small mammals and countless birds.
Sadly, Wildlife Services’ unscientific wildlife control methods kill thousands of animals each year that have not caused any problems. Among these tools are M-44s, baited sodium cyanide ejectors (“cyanide bombs”) that poison any animal that encounters them.
Among the animals that have fallen victim to these indiscriminate “cyanide bombs” are family pets. Hundreds of domestic dogs have been killed over the past decade, and one year ago an Idaho boy watched his beloved dog die right before his eyes—poisoned by an M-44 that could have taken the boy’s life as well had his beloved companion not protected him. Worse yet, this all happened just outside the boy’s home while he was enjoying a day outdoors with his loyal companion and best friend.
Despite this tragedy, Wildlife Services continues to use these deadly devices across the U.S. You can help bring an end to the use of cyanide bombs by urging your U.S. representative to cosponsor “Canyon’s Law,” H.R. 1817.
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