According to a press release by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, state officials plan to kill members of a wolf pack to stop them from doing what they do naturally: hunt for food.
Director Jim Unsworth authorized his staff to “take lethal action” against the Smackout wolf pack, which has injured or killed cows on four occasions since last September.
Sadly, killing wildlife to protect livestock is all too common. The meat industry has millions of innocent wild animals killed every year. You see, the industry encroaches on wildlife habitats. In fact, almost half the land of the lower 48 states is used to raise animals for food.
In 2013, Wildlife Services killed more than 2 million animals, including bears, coyotes, wolves, foxes, and prairie dogs. Last year, Washington state officials killed an entire wolf pack consisting of six adults and five pups after the wolves killed a few cows.
It should come as no surprise that wildlife populations have been steadily declining. The World Wildlife Fund found that animal populations declined by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012, with losses expected to reach 67 percent by 2020.
But don’t be fooled. Ranchers don’t care about their own animals; their only concern is the profits they bring once they’re slaughtered. Once these wolves are killed, the cows will be next.
Despite what ranchers want you to think, farmed animals are treated like unfeeling objects, and their short lives are marked by unimaginable cruelties: extreme confinement, brutal mutilations, and violent deaths.
The truth is, by eating meat you’re supporting the death of wildlife. But by removing your support from the cruel animal agriculture industry and switching to a compassionate vegan diet you can change that.
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