Monday, September 28, 2009

HSUS Seeks Prairie Dog Protection

The Humane Society of the United States Announces New Prairie Dog Protection Programs

( - The Prairie Dog Coalition, which was originally established in 2001 as an alliance of nonprofit organizations, concerned citizens and scientists dedicated to the protection of prairie dogs and restoration of prairie dog ecosystems, this month became a new program of The Humane Society of the United States.

"Prairie dogs have declined by almost 95 percent from their historic numbers," said Lindsey Sterling Krank, director of the new HSUS program. "A healthy prairie dog population is essential to the survival of a number of species and the health of the ecosystem."

"The future of the prairie dog is at stake as habitat loss and other threats put their survival in danger," said Michael Markarian, chief operating officer for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to expand our efforts to protect these animals with the addition of Lindsey Sterling Krank and the programs of the Prairie Dog Coalition to our team." Read More

There is a very simple reason why the HSUS would become involved with the issue of prairie dogs. If they can help force regulations on ranchers to provide more habitat for this UN-endangered species, it would help in their goal to force all ranchers off their land and abolish animal agriculture. Prairie dogs devastate the land they occupy. They eat the grass down to ground level which leads to wind and water erosion. On top of that they are a carrier of the plague. As stewards of the land, it’s important that we control these rodents and not allow them to destroy land unchecked.

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