A Fox News story published Tuesday reports on routine acts of animal cruelty, by individuals working in the USDA’s Wildlife Services department. One person quoted in the article explains it is part of the job to have dogs attack wolves held in leg-hold traps.
Thankfully, two US Congressman – Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) and Rep. Peter Defazio (D-Ore.) are speaking out against these acts of torture to animals.
Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack was quoted in response to the reports:
USDA does not condone any form of animal cruelty and holds all employees responsible for adhering to Departmental and Agency standards and directives.