War on Wildlife Services: Monterey County
Animal Legal Defense Fund v Monterey County
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in state court challenging Monterey County, California’s contract renewal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services.
In 2016, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in state court challenging Monterey County, California’s contract renewal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services — a controversial federal program whose main purpose is to kill animals. The program is estimated to have killed some 2.7 million animals in 2016, of which nearly 1.6 million were native species.
The lawsuit — filed with a coalition of animal and environmental protection groups and a Monterey County resident — argued that Monterey County’s renewal of the contract violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because the county failed to analyze the environmental impacts of its agreement and wrongfully claimed an exemption from CEQA. Also, the county held no public hearings about a CEQA exemption claim, and did not disclose the details of its agreement with Wildlife Services.
The California Superior Court ruled in our favor in 2017, finding that Monterey County violated the CEQA by failing to perform an environmental analysis prior to re-contracting with Wildlife Services.
Coalition Urges Humboldt County to Void Illegal Lethal Contract with Federal Wildlife-Killing Agency
Coalition Urges Humboldt County to Void Illegal Lethal Contract with Federal Wildlife-Killing AgencyToday, a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups sent a letter to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and Humboldt County Agriculture Commissioner, urging them to terminate their contract with the USDA.April 30, 2019 Press Release
Award-winning music icon Tanya Tucker is joining forces with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to urge families to avoid roadside zoos. After a recent visit to Special Memories Zoo, Tucker was so disturbed by the conditions, she felt compelled to stand up.April 9, 2019 Press Release
Join Tanya and the Animal Legal Defense Fund by sending a brief message to the USDA, urging the agency to investigate Special Memories Zoo today.April 9, 2019 Action Alert
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Letter sent on April 30, 2019