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
June 22, 2016
Legislation aimed at repealing New York’s decades-long ban on cruel snare traps, including the “relaxing” lock, neck snare, has died in the state legislature.
February 3, 2016
Trophy hunters have killed approximately 29,000 lions in the U.S. in the last decade, according to a report, Cecil 2: Trophy Hunting America’s Lion, released today by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International.
January 20, 2016
A new statewide survey reveals that a strong majority of New Hampshire voters oppose the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission’s proposal to open a bobcat trapping, hounding, baiting and trophy hunting season in the state.
December 16, 2015
The HSUS is involved in efforts to humanely control Hawaii’s wild donkey population, which has gone unmanaged for years and now faces limited resources for survival.