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April 16, 2009

City of Spokane Urged to Halt Killing Squirrels

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States is urging the city of Spokane, Wash. to immediately halt the inhumane killing of ground squirrels at one of the city's parks. The HSUS has offered to work with the city to create a more humane and effective method to resolve the perceived conflict.

The Spokane Parks Department claims the ground squirrels are damaging plants at the city's Finch Arboretum. The city plans to kill 100-150 squirrels with a cruel explosive device known as the Rodenator Pro, which detonates in the animals' burrows. The park department decided to alert the public about the planned use of the Rodenator due to the device's loud explosive noise.

The Rodenator method is not only inhumane, but also ineffective because it only provides a temporary solution that does nothing whatsoever to resolve any of the arboretum's long-term issues with squirrels on the property.

"Anyone with elementary knowledge of ground squirrel burrows and this type of device would realize that these squirrels will not die instantly, but instead suffer horrible injuries and endure excruciating deaths," said Dan Paul, Washington state director for The Humane Society of the United States. "The HSUS urges Spokane to accept our good faith offer to work with the park officials to develop an effective, humane plan for managing the ground squirrel population at the arboretum."

For more information on humanely solving problems with ground squirrels, visit humanesociety.org/wildneighbors.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting animal cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.

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