Victory for Wildlife! Idaho Predator-Killing Contest CancelledPosted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on November 25, 2014
Great news today for wolves, coyotes, foxes, and other predators! The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is canceling a permit that would have allowed a killing contest on 3 million acres of public lands in Idaho.
Earlier this year, we asked you to help shut down this killing spree by submitting public comments to the BLM. Of the 90,000 public comments submitted to the BLM, more than 11,000 comments came from ALDF supporters. Although the BLM initially approved the permit, they soon changed their minds. As a result of a lawsuit filed by our colleagues at leading conservation groups that incorporated the science submitted in some of the public comments, the BLM were finally convinced that the public does not want our wild lands used to massacre wildlife.
In this killing derby, an anti-wolf organization deceptively calling itself “Idaho for Wildlife” would have been allowed to encourage hunters to kill as many wild animals as possible every year for five years, starting in January 2015. Attorneys for the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project, Project Coyote, and Defenders of Wildlife were preparing an injunction to stop the upcoming contest, and with this pressure and the science demonstrated in public comments, the BLM withdrew its approval for the permit.
Killing contests—where participants kill animals for “fun” and cash prizes—are inhumane, unethical, and reckless wildlife management. ALDF is working hard to use the legal system to protect wild animals from those who mean to do them harm. In July, ALDF and Project Coyote shut down a coyote killing contest in Oregon.
As ALDF’s executive director has pointed out time and again, building coalitions between animal protection and conservation movements is vital to the success of each. Just today, ALDF and a coalition of conservation groups filed a lawsuit against Mendocino County in northern California for its contract with Wildlife Services, a rogue predator killing program. Because the indiscriminate killing of wild animals destroys fragile ecosystems and the biodiversity of species, but it is also inhumane.
These causes unite our movements, and victories like today’s point the way for greater advocacy. And next week, the California Fish and Game Commission will vote on whether to ban wildlife killing contests statewide. ALDF will be in attendance, and we hope to bring you good news from California. Stay tuned!
Today’s victory wouldn’t have been possible without the support of concerned animal advocates. It is a testimony to the power of taking action for animals. Together, we can make a difference.