American Sheep Industry Association asks key U.S. Senator not to cut funding for notorious wildlife killing agency-
The President has proposed cutting the budget of USDA Wildlife Services by 10-million dollars. President Obama said there needs to be shared sacrifice although so far it seems to be teachers, police, sick people, students, science, reproductive health, food inspection, and pollution control that is doing all the sacrifice under GOP pressure.
The sheep and cattle industry certainly doesn’t want to be cut, and they are working their classic strategy of contacting a key U.S. Senator asking for a quiet restoration of funds. In this case they are contacting U.S. Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin. He heads the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies on the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. Senate.
If you want to fight back effectively for once, contact Senator Kohl, asking for deeper cuts, especially for aerial gunning of wildlife. bigger cuts for so-called “livestock protection,” and no funding for the use of poisons like the poison 1080. Kohl’s web site only accepts Wisconsin email contacts, but here are the telephone and fax numbers for his Washington office (202) 224-5653; Fax: (202) 224-9787
Here is the complete list of U. S. senators on the subcommittee. If you are in their state, it is best to contact them, and you can do it by email. Senators don’t make it easy for non-constituents to contact them. That is one reason why special interest groups hire lobbyists.
* Senator Herb Kohl (Chairman) (WI)
* Senator Tom Harkin (IA)
* Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)
* Senator Tim Johnson (SD)
* Senator Ben Nelson (NE)
* Senator Mark Pryor (AR)
* Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)
* Senator Roy Blunt (Ranking) (MO)
* Senator Thad Cochran (MS)
* Senator Mitch McConnell (KY)
* Senator Susan Collins (ME)
* Senator Jerry Moran (KS)
* Senator John Hoeven (ND)
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OK, here is a letter the livestock industry wrote to Senator Kohl. Notice the signers, a real rouge’s gallery.
February 28, 2011
The Honorable Herb Kohl, Chairman
Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies
Committee on Appropriations
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Chairman Kohl:
The undersigned national and state sheep and cattle producer organizations, joined by industry associations, wildlife organizations, local and state government, strongly support an increase in the Livestock Protection Program of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services in the FY 2012 appropriations for agriculture.
We ask for your active opposition to the proposal of the Administration to reduce Wildlife Services by over $10 million with elimination of the federal partnership in livestock protection in several states including South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. We are also concerned by the recent action taken by the House of Representatives on the FY 20011 Continuing Resolution (CR) with regards to reductions in APHIS funding for the remainder of the fiscal year. The FY2011 CR passed by the house cuts the funding for APHIS programs by approximately $77.6 million from FY 2010 levels. Our concern is that agency funding cuts of this magnitude will have a disproportional effect on Wildlife Services livestock protection activities.
We extend our sincere appreciation for your support and leadership in Congress for the USDA Wildlife Services which is a crucial program for a healthy sheep and cattle industry in America and as evidenced by this letter, strongly supported by numerous cooperators from wildlife organizations to state and local government.
We commend your inclusion of a line item for livestock protection funding, which began in the FY 2006 appropriations with an increase of $700,000.
The Wildlife Services livestock protection program is vital to the economic survival of the livestock industry. Livestock protection is important to tens of thousands of farm families across the country that recognize that even with federal assistance joining private and state agency efforts, over 250,000 sheep and nearly 150,000 cattle are still lost to predators each year. The value of livestock lost to predators and predator control costs are major expenses of livestock production, particularly as the costs of control, such as fuel, continue to increase.
Without additional federal funding to support existing western livestock protection programs, predation management expertise will be lost and livestock grazing in some areas will be jeopardized. Our associations join in requesting an additional $8.3 million for USDA’s Wildlife Services for livestock protection.
Livestock protection is the base of the Wildlife Services agency, yet collectively in our state programs we find cooperators carrying more and more of the funding responsibilities as increased federal funds tend to be more non-livestock oriented. It is important to note the federal, state, county and private cooperation to fund livestock protection. To emphasize the cooperative funding already in place, the policy of the Western Governors Association supports funding of Wildlife Services for livestock protection.
We ask for your support of this appropriations priority for the sheep and cattle industries. Please let us know of any questions or requests that we can assist with on this important issue.
American Sheep Industry Association
Arizona Cattle Growers Association
Arizona Wool Producers Association
California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association
California Cattlemen’s Association
California Farm Bureau Federation
California Public Lands Council
California Wool Growers Association
Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
Colorado Farm Bureau
Colorado Wool Growers Association
Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council
Hawaii Sheep and Goat Association
Idaho Cattle Association
Idaho Farm Bureau Federation
Idaho Wool Growers Association
Kansas Livestock Association
Kansas Sheep Association
Montana Association of State Grazing Districts
Montana Public Lands Council
Montana State Cattlemen’s Association
Montana Stockgrowers Association
Montana Wool Growers Association
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
National Lamb Feeders Association
National Rifle Association
Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association
Nevada Farm Bureau
Nevada Cattlemen’s Association
Nevada Department of Agriculture
Nevada State Grazing Boards Central Committee
Nevada Wool Growers Association
New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau
New Mexico Federal Lands Council
New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc.
North Dakota Department of Agriculture
North Dakota Game and Fish Department
North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association
North Dakota Stockmen’s Association
Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association
Oregon Cattlemen’s Association
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Oregon Farm Bureau
Oregon Sheep Growers Association
Public Lands Council
South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association
South Dakota Sheep Growers Association
Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Texas Deer Association
Texas Predator Control Districts
Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association
Texas Wildlife Association
Utah Cattlemen’s Association
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Utah Farm Bureau
Utah Wool Growers Association
Washington Cattlemen’s Association
Washington State Sheep Producers
Wyoming Stock Growers Association
Wyoming Wool Growers Association