March 29, 2013
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) spearheaded a letter supporting sufficient funding for the critical programs of 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 158 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 federal wildlife 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.
The organizations are committed to working to strengthen WS' resources and to ensure a continued federal partnership in the responsible management of our nation's wildlife.
The letter in its entirety is available at www.sheepusa.org/In_Support_of_Wildlife_Services