Action Issues

Photo of coyote for campaign to end wildlife killing contests

End America's Wildlife Killing Contests

Wildlife killing contests are an atrocity and we strongly support efforts to end them across the country, particularly some impressive work being done by Elisabeth and Guy Dicharry, based in Los Lunas, NM. They spearheaded a local ôStop Coyote Killing Contests" effort that has expanded nationally. Learn more

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Wolves in Grave Danger!

Wolves lost federal protection under the Endangered Species Act in April 2011, leaving management up to individual states. The result has been a holocaust for wolves in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where agressive hunting seasons are now being allowed. But wolves are also under seige nationwide. Help us stop the slaughter

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Stop the USDA's Brutal, Wasteful and Counter-Productive War on Wildlife

Every year the USDA Wildlife Services' secretive "predator control program" kills over 100,000 vital native predators—bears, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, and wolves. They spend millions of dollars of your tax money on unnecessary aerial gunning, poisoning, shooting, snaring, trapping and bludgeoning—all at the request of ranchers and state wildlife management agencies. In the process they endanger other wildlife, pets and humans, and often increase the very predator populations they are trying to reduce. Learn more

Stopping this brutal, wasteful and counter-productive war on wildlife has been a primary focus of Predator Defense’s legislative work for years. Momentum has been building and now both trappers and wildlife advocates are requesting a Congressional investigation and oversight hearings. Watch former federal agents and a Congressman blow the whistle on Wildlife Services in our film "EXPOSED: USDA's Secret War on Wildlife."

Photo of lethal M44 cyanide device

Ban M-44 Cyanide Devices

Predator Defense has spearheaded efforts for a national ban on M-44 devices, which eject lethal sodium cyanide on unsuspecting animals and humans. A bill we've been working on could eliminate them for good. It's just been re-introduced in Congress. Read more

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Ban Compound 1080 Poison

From its inception, Predator Defense has fought for a worldwide ban on the deadly poison called Compound 1080. Just one teaspoon could kill 100 people and there is no known antidote. A bill we've been working on could eliminate this hazard for good. It's just been re-introduced in Congress. Read more

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Hunting & Trapping

Learn why Predator Defense supports efforts to end indiscriminate hunting and trapping:

  • End Wildlife Killing Contests - Learn about these horrific competitions held in many parts of the country where wildlife is killed for entertainment, prizes and profit.
  • Why State Fish & Game Agencies Can't Manage Predators - article by George Wuerthner, posted on New West Community Blogs, April 17, 2009
  • Trap Free Oregon - A source of information on Oregon fur trapping and what to do about it, including how to free trapped animals, predator control studies and methods, trapping and kill statistics, media coverage, and much more.
  • A Coyote's Worst Nightmare - Learn about the bloodsport of hunting coyotes with dogs that is legal in every state. Videos courtesy of the Eastern Coyote Institute.