Groups Show Support for Wildlife Services
March 21, 2014
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) spearheaded a letter strongly supporting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Wildlife Services (WS). The letter, delivered to leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, boasted signatures from 169 organizations representing a broad range of food producers, wildlife organizations, sportsmen, aviation, local governments and resource interests.
"The letter is a powerful and unified message to Congress on the importance of a federal role in wildlife conflict management," stated Peter Orwick, ASI executive director. "An incredible cross section and share of America's food production is represented in this letter, a fact not lost on federal policy makers particularly when combined with the strong support of sportsmen, wildlife groups, aviation and state and county government."
Wildlife causes more than $12.8 billion in damage each year to natural resources, public infrastructures, private property and agriculture. WS works to prevent, minimize or manage this damage and to protect human health and safety from conflicts with wildlife. WS has a track record of nearly 20 years of successful National Environmental Protection Agency implementation to support its operations.
The signators of the letter are committed to working to strengthen WS' resources and to ensure a continued federal partnership in the responsible management of our nation's wildlife. Orwick encourages everyone to share these letters with their respective U.S. Representatives and Senators.
The letters in their entirety are available at www.sheepusa.org/In_Support_of_Wildlife_Services.