Lethal wildlife management occurs when entire populations of wild animals are targeted for reduction and systematically “controlled” by legal hunting, culling, poisoning, or other means to bring down population size. Despite claims that they are “science-based,” such practices are highly controversial.
Conflicts with wildlife can range from concerns about deer affecting forest biodiversity to sea lions eating salmon that people want for themselves.
Lethal control raises some of the most challenging ethical questions we can ask about our relationship with the natural world.
Is it "right" to round up and kill geese because they defecate on lawns? Should we kill mountain lions because they eat deer people want to hunt? Is it right to poison ground squirrels because they dig burrows in our parks?
There was a time when such questions would not even have been asked. But today it's time to not only ask the right questions, but find the right solutions.
News & Events
September 17, 2013
This session, the California Legislature sent six animal protection bills to Gov. Jerry Brown, four of which he has already signed.
July 26, 2013
Cat advocates and conservationists aren’t known for their collaboration. In Hawaii an HSUS-led coalition has set out to change that—by keeping cats safe and away from threatened and endangered wildlife.
July 11, 2013
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission approved an unjustified and devastating proposal to expand trophy hunting of Montana’s wolves.
July 5, 2013
The killing of resident Canada geese at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge should be halted immediately in favor of more effective and humane long-term management.
October 23, 2013
The Los Angeles City Council passed a motion directing the city attorney to draft an ordinance to prohibit the use of bullhooks and other tools to inflict pain for the purpose of training and controlling the behavior of elephants used in circuses and traveling shows to take effect in three years.
September 13, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately listed the southern white rhino as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, giving the species greater protection from poaching. With two or three rhinos poached every day for their horns, conservationists believe that within a few years’ time, there will be no more rhinos in the wild in Africa.
August 27, 2013
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision to keep in place California’s law that bans the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in the state.
August 6, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States Applauds NOAA Decision to Deny Georgia Aquarium Application to Import 18 Wild-Caught Beluga Whales
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, released the following statement praising a decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to deny an application to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales for public display at U.S. aquariums.