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Wildlife Killing Exposé Goes on the Road

Melissa Waage

Posted June 18, 2013 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The U. S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program slaughters a hundred thousand wild carnivores each year on the public dime. NRDC produced our documentary Wild Things to expose this taxpayer-funded carnage and show what a new breed of ranchers are doing to find a better way. Now Wild Things is hitting the road and spreading the word on Wildlife Services predator control in some of the places where it matters most.

We're starting with a series of screenings in California next week, where Wildlife Services' lethal approach has created much controversy recently. Local governments including Marin County and the city of Davis have ended their work with Wildlife Services over its scorched-earth approach to predator control. Last summer, the Sacramento Bee published an in-depth series of investigative articles on Wildlife Services predator control. The Voice of San Diego examined questionable wildlife killings in San Diego County and pressed Wildlife Services to release information about why the animals were killed.

Communities across California can learn from the experience of ranchers documented in Wild Things. The film features Marin County ranchers forging a path of their own without Wildlife Services, as well as other Western ranchers who have chosen predator-friendly ranching and are showing that it works. 

Meanwhile, California members of Congress are starting to take on the taxpayer waste and environmental consequences of needless predator killing. Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine) co-authored legislation to end Wildlife Services' use of the most dangerous predator poisons. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) has introduced a bill to improve Wildlife Services' reporting and transparency around wildlife killing.

There's never been a better time to open up a conversation about lethal predator control, Wildlife Services, and coexistence solutions. We're teaming up with allied organizations to present and discuss Wild Things at the following screenings. Learn more and reserve your seat below or at the film's web page. 

Tuesday, June 25 -- Sacramento reception, Screening & Panel Discussion

Time: 6 pm (free reception); 7 pm (public screening & panel)
Sponsors: Natural Resources Defense Council, Animal Welfare Institute, Humane Society of the US, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Project Coyote
Location: Crest Theater, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
RSVP here

Wednesday, June 26 -- San Francisco Screening & Panel Discussion

Time: 7pm
Sponsors: Natural Resources Defense Council, Animal Welfare Institute, Humane Society of the US, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Project Coyote
Location: San Francisco SPCA, 243 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
RSVP here

Thursday, June 27 -- Berkeley Screening & Panel Discussion

Time: 6 pm (screening), 7 pm (panel discussion)
Sponsors: Natural Resources Defense Council, Animal Welfare Institute, Humane Society of the US, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Project Coyote
Location: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
RSVP here

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cheryl fotiaJun 19 2013 07:53 AM

Yes > I viewed the: ONEARTH BLOG BY Scott Dodd@NRDC. I was became so upset & shared the article with many people and they became equally upset; Enough for me to generate a petition on the "White House" site>unfortunately; No-one seems to sign, because "YOU HV TO LAUNCH AN ACCOUNT". I think that is flawed, because many people are vocal > to a point! THANX FOR THE F/UP

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