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 14, 2016
The Humane Society of the United States is disappointed that the organizers of the upcoming ‘Wisconsin Wolf Summit’ in Cumberland, Wisconsin, are showing contempt for science and perpetuating myths about wolf behavior and the status of the species in Wisconsin and the rest of the Great Lakes region.
September 9, 2016
The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board voted to recommend euthanasia of all unadopted wild horses and burros now in government holding facilities.
September 1, 2016
The Humane Society of the United States and Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation Launch Wildlife Fertility Control Institute
The Humane Society of the United States and the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, based in Media, Penn., are launching the Botstiber International Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control, which aims to advance the development and implementation of humane, non-lethal fertility control methods to manage wildlife populations.
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.