Thursday, November 01, 2012

An Open Letter to USDA Wildlife Services

To Whom It May Concern,

We notice that our last post got your attention. It got a lot of attention, more than this site has had in years. Like, thousands of visitors from all over the world, thanks to this particular fire hose. The universal response (minus one) to your employee's action is disgust. Because torturing wildlife- any life- for shits and giggles? Not cool. Whether he was on the clock or not (and we've got money on the former), you've hired someone whose hobbies include cruelty to animals. We're sure there is a limited pool of applicants willing to kill wildlife, period, but you really picked yourself a gem with this guy.

You see, we find your mission anathema to our land ethic, and we very much hope your whole agency gets defunded one of these years. The culling and killing and poisoning and trapping and slaughter of wildlife at the behest of private industry needs to stop. Your work regularly breaks our hearts and turns our stomachs.

Still, our usual revulsion notwithstanding, you've got a problem on your hands in the form of one Wyoming employee. So, we ask, what are you going to do about it?

If you'd like to respond and share your plans for addressing this bad behavior, we'd be happy to post a unedited letter here. We're sure many of our readers would like to know how you intend to handle this "rogue" employee and whether he'll get getting a promotion for this innovative approach to addressing sheep predation, or whether you'll put dog biscuits on his per diem.

We're awfully cynical, given the secrecy of your agency, that you'll come clean with us, but you can't say we didn't give you a chance. A better chance that that coyote had to defend herself with her foot in that trap.


The Landscapers

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My family likes to hunt coyotes in the winter, But what this man is doing is very cruel and heartless. I would like to put him on a trap where he couldn't get away and turn a couple of aggressive dogs out on him and let him know what it feels like to be tortured.