How to Promote Homeland Security? Serve Justice and Fire OlsonPosted by Carter Dillard, ALDF's Director of Litigation on July 15, 2013
Recently a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) center distributed a counter-terrorism bulletin to law enforcement regarding an online petition on the advocacy website Change.org. The petition, which was initiated by Project Coyote and has more than 60,000 signatures, calls for the firing of Jamie Olson, a USDA Wildlife Services employee who posted photos on his Facebook page and hunting websites showing his dogs mauling trapped coyotes, bobcats, and raccoons. The DHS affiliate that distributed the bulletin fears the petition “may bring the attention of the more extreme animal rights activists to Wyoming.”
As a former legal advisor to DHS who worked in a counter-terrorism unit I can appreciate the need to be vigilant regarding anything that might incite violence. But the clear path here is not to focus on the activists calling, well within their constitutional rights, for Olson’s termination. The smart move is to simply fire Olson. It is his extreme cruelty, without repercussions, that is causing any upset that is out there, and quite frankly, I don’t think any of us would want to live in a country where cruelty like that would not upset people and where it would go unpunished. Injustice causes upset, as well it should. It’s time for the USDA to end both, do the right thing, and fire Olson.