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
July 15, 2014
It is still unclear whether a prairie dog was responsible for a man and his dog’s contraction of the plague, leading to the death of his dog and the man becoming fatally ill.
July 3, 2014
HSUS vice president for wildlife protection, Nicole Paquette, responded to Facebook removing some of Texas Tech cheerleader Kendall Jones’ images of rare and endangered animals she hunted.
June 20, 2014
They serve on the front lines of animal protection, lobbying legislators, assisting rescues, helping shelters and so much more. They’re the HSUS state directors: the first point of contact and often the last hope for animals in need.
May 30, 2014
Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of d-Con® and the sole hold-out fighting the Environmental Protection Agency requirements to make rat and mouse poisons safer, has agreed to stop selling some of its products.