OIG Opts for Anemic Audit of Wildlife Services

AWI is gravely disappointed in the outcome of the review of the federal Wildlife Services program by the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG took up the investigation after members of Congress requested it—but promptly punted on any in-depth analysis. The audit observes merely that Wildlife Services complies with federal and state laws and that the OIG offers “no findings or recommendations.” Although some accountability issues were noted, the OIG audit skirts any meaningful analysis of Wildlife Services’ cruel methods and excessive use of lethal control, killing of companion and other nontarget animals, financial waste, and threat to public safety. See www.awionline.org/content/usda-wildlife-services to learn more about the myriad animal welfare concerns and other problems ignored by the OIG.

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