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Federal Court: Citizens have No Rights to Seek Accountability

Date
March 19, 2013
Contact
Wendy Keefover 303 819-5229
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Wildlife
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Federal Court: Citizens have No Rights to Seek Accountability

From Federal Wildlife-Killing Agency
Contact: Wendy Keefover 303 819-5229

Las Vegas, NV. Afederal court, in a troubling decision issued last week, dismissed WildEarthGuardians’ National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) claims against thefederal government’s highly secretive and cruel wildlife-killing program, whichis administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Wildlife Services is wildly out of control, secretive, andabusive wildlife-killing machine, and sadly, the Court did not allow citizensto review this agency’s misdeeds that have occurred over decades,” stated WendyKeefover, Director of Carnivore Protection for WildEarth Guardians.

In April 2012, WildEarth Guardians sued the ironically named“Wildlife Services” for its failure to update its 18-year-old programmaticenvironmental review, which primarily relies on outdated scientific studiesfrom the 1970s and 1980s, and for its failure to conduct the requiredenvironmental analysis of its wildlife-killing activities in Nevada.

The Court dismissed WildEarth Guardians’ challenge toWildlife Services’ woefully outdated environmental review, and found thatGuardians’ members lacked “standing” to object to the government’s massive wildlifecull.

“Each year, the federal government kills millions of our magnificentwildlife using outdated, barbaric means, and now unfortunately, a federal courthas left citizens and taxpayers with no ability to seek redress,” said Keefover.

The Court also dismissed WildEarth Guardians’ challenge to theNevada program for lack of standing, finding that Nevada would simply take overthe national program if Wildlife Services was forced to stop its wildlifekilling until it followed the law. The Court accepted Wildlife Services’ argument that in the absence offederal action, the State of Nevada would continue the business of wildlife killing,even without the aid of millions of federal tax dollars.

“The Court’s decision effectively precludes judicial reviewof Wildlife Services’ activities in Nevada and in any other state authorized toconduct the wildlife-killing program absent federal involvement – whether ornot that state actually has the financial resources to do so,” emphasizedKeefover.

Guardians’ lawsuit also challenges Wildlife Services’ use ofplanes and helicopters to track and kill coyotes and wolves in Congressionally-designatedwilderness areas in violation of the Wilderness Act; the court allowed thoseclaims to stand.

“Wildlife Services’ excessive killing has no real benefit,even to the massive agricultural industry it purports to support. Because ofthis, WildEarth Guardians plans to mount an appeal of this unfortunate decision,”she added.

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View the Court’sMarch 14, 2013 Opinion:

https://pdf.wildearthguardians.org/site/DocServer/Order_Wildlife_Services_3_14_2013.pdf

View the Government’sMotion to Dismiss

View WildEarthGuardians’ Complaint

Learn More AboutGuardians’ Campaign to Defund the Government’s War on Wildlife

 

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“Wildlife Services is wildly out of control, secretive, and abusive wildlife-killing machine, and sadly, the Court did not allow citizens to review this agency’s misdeeds that have occurred over decades,” stated Wendy Keefover, Director of Carnivore Protection for WildEarth Guardians.
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