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Protecting the Voiceless: A Force For Nature

WildEarth Guardians is an effective, top-rated 4/4-star non-profit vetted by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Guardians staff of environmental attorneys, campaigners and scientists is working together as a powerful team to reform Wildlife Services. We are holding the program accountable in the courts, in state and federal halls of power, and in local communities. We are shining a bright spotlight on this cruel program and advocating for the adoption of a non-violent coexistence ethic at the federal, state and local level. Our tactics for change include litigation, scientific petitions, advocacy for policy reforms at all levels of government, and public education. We are a force for effective, positive, powerful change. We are a force for nature.

WildEarth Guardians’ Landmark Victories

Killing Stops on Over Six Million Acres of Our Public Lands
NEVADA LITIGATION OCTOBER 2016 The lives of thousands of native animals may eventually be spared as a result of our landmark legal agreement that ceases all killing activities in designated Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas in Nevada—at least until a modern environmental assessment and analysis is complete. Because the judge also ordered that Wildlife Services could no longer rely on their woefully outdated programmatic analysis, we are hopeful the settlement marks a sea change and that Wildlife Services will adopt a coexistence mandate.
Wildlife Services’ Wolf Killing Stopped in Washington State
WASHINGTON LITIGATION DECEMBER 2015 A federal judge agreed with WildEarth Guardians and our allies that Wildlife Services’ killing program failed to analyze the impacts of its proposed killing activities on wolves themselves and on the larger environment, both in Washington and surrounding states. The court ordered all killing authorized by the faulty environmental analysis stopped until the program complies with federal environmental laws.

The public has a right to be informed of and weigh in on the use of taxpayer dollars to kill native wildlife, and the program has a responsibility to ensure ethical and scientific standards are met by federal employees.

—— Sarah McMillan, Conservation Director, WildEarth Guardians

Court Ruling Allows Guardians to Challenge Wildlife Services’ Cruelty
NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS AUGUST 2015 The court ruled Wildlife Services’ reliance on a 20-year-old analysis, which itself relies on 40-year-old, largely disproven “science,” is not immune from environmental or judicial review. The court also recognized that our interests in viewing native wildlife are real and that the injuries to those interests caused by Wildlife Services could be remedied by the program having to publicly analyze the impacts of its killing activities.
Ban on Trapping
COLORADO CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 1996 This groundbreaking initiative was passed by the citizens of Colorado and added to the state constitution. WildEarth Guardians was one of the co-leads on this effort, in a state with historical ties to the trapping and fur industries.

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