US Kills Millions Of Animals Based On Obsolete Data: Suit

Law360, New York (May 1, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT) -- A New Mexico-based conservationist group hit the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a lawsuit Monday, claiming its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has killed more than 5 million animals a year based on outdated environmental analyses.

WildEarth Guardians says that between 2004 and 2010, the agency spent nearly $1 billion to kill nearly 23 million animals using aerial guns, poisons, traps, snares and hounds, as a means of protecting agriculture and “private interests,” as part of an ineffective program.

“Wildlife Services employs an arsenal of...
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