After reading it, please contact the OSU personnel listed below to let them know — politely — what you think.
From: Cassandra Robertson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 8:01 AM
Subject: OSU’s Oak Creek Sheep Farm is Setting Snare Traps Again
I am disappointed to be writing you at this time to announce that after one year since the snare traps were removed from the Oak Creek Oregon State University sheep farm, new signage was distributed on the fence line yesterday stating Wildlife Services is installing “mechanical devices (traps, snares or other restraining devices ).” There are no traps set as of this morning 4/19/13 and we want to keep it that way.
We need your help to contact OSU staff AGAIN and put a stop to this archaic predator control.
Oregon State University President
College of Agricultural Sciences, Dean
College of Agricultural Sciences, Executive Associate Dean
Animal Science and Rangeland Director
Tell them to stop indiscriminate killing of our native, local wildlife. There are many alternatives to lethal predator control and OSU has been given a number of opportunities to work with regional professionals to improve their practices. OSU has not even done the most basic upgrades to their fences to keep coyotes out in the first place. For example, right next to one of the snare trap locations is a 10 ft gate that has a 12 inch space under it. If they truly want no predators on site, they should fix these broken fences first!
I’ve attached the original OSU press release from last February, plus below are the you-tube videos Predator Defense put together last year that mobilized your letters and calls:
Original Video with Trapped Racoon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khCc-9ixgsE
February 2012 KEZI local TV coverage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oat5-_yA-Zg
Thank you for speaking out for the wildlife who cannot speak for themselves! Thank you!
On the national scale: Predator Defense has been working tirelessly to stop inhumane trapping laws across the nation and has helped expose Wildlife Services through the following articles, plus they have a story coming out on Inside Addition in May:
Highlight: “Sacramento Bee” Exposé on Wildlife Services Leads to Call for Congressional Investigation: http://www.predatordefense.org/USDA.htm#SacBee
Fox News Report, Trapping Accidents: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/13/hundreds-family-pets-endangered-species-killed-by-little-known-federal-agency/
Fox News Report, Wildlife Services Trapping Abuses: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/12/animal-torture-abuse-called-regular-practice-within-federal-wildlife-agency/?intcmp=related