Finally, some progress for the embattled wild animals of the American west. I have been saying this on this show for years: I believe the USDA's wildlife services is a cruel program that forces taxpayers to fuel the vicious killing of millions of wild animals for the benefit of select businesses like the cattle industry.
Now, two congressmen, a republican and a democrat, are saying the government needs to get rid of this agency. We've got a deficit in this country, our education system is languishing, and we're funding the senseless slaughter of animals? These two congressmen are alleging that wildlife services is wasteful. They can't figure out where some of the millions the agency spends each year is going. And even worse: They claim wildlife services breaks the law by killing protected animals. Because of these allegations, the USDA has agreed to investigate Wildlife Services.
Practices like gassing, aerial gunning, and trapping and poisoning--both of which endanger not only wolves and coyotes but our beloved pets as well. These methods are horrible for wildlife. We reached out to wildlife services for comment and they responded: "The Wildlife Services program protects health and human safety, threatened and endangered species, and public resources. The program has undergone a number of improvements over the years and we continue to work closely with our federal partners and Congress to ensure the program operates in a responsible manner."
Jane speaks to congressman Peter DeFazio, one of the men who has called for this investigation.