Free Film Screening of “EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife”
6 p.m., Monday, October 12, at the Coeur d’Alene Library (702 E Front St., CdA) Community Room
An award-winning documentary Jane Goodall wants millions to see is coming to Coeur d’Alene. The film, “EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife,” features three former federal agents and a prominent Congressman blowing the whistle on a barbaric and wasteful program within the USDA called “Wildlife Services.” It exposes the government’s secret war on wildlife on the taxpayers’ dime.
“EXPOSED” won Best Short Film at the 2015 Animal Film Festival and Best Wildlife Activism at the 2014 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. A free screening will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, October 12, at the Coeur d’Alene Library Community Room. An audience question and answer session with film co-producer/director Brooks Fahy will be held after the screening.
The whistle-blowers in the film reveal deeply entrenched problems within this federal agency. Wildlife Services has not been accountable with federal funds.
But the biggest outcry is about the inhumane and indiscriminate methods the trappers use—traps, snares, aerial gunning and poisons—as well as the hazard they pose to people and animals. Wildlife Services is charged with taking out any threat to livestock—real or alleged. They kill millions of animals each year, including pets and endangered species. This killing is done largely for the benefit of private individuals who don’t take responsibility for protecting their animals. Ironically, the devices the trappers use pose a greater risk than the very wild animals they purport to control, and countless people and their pets have suffered injury and death due to the negligent use of traps and poisons.
Many proven nonlethal alternatives are available that minimize conflicts with wild animals, but Wildlife Services does not require landowners to use them before their trappers use lethal force. While the agency’s own directives require them to post warnings to alert the public, agents often don’t post them. And then there’s the fact that animals and very young children don’t read.
Wildlife Services has been publicly condemned by Jane Goodall, the American Society of Mammalogists, The Humane Society of the United States, Congressman Peter DeFazio, and many other credible organizations and individuals.
“I hope EXPOSED will be watched by millions,” said Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, “so Americans will learn of the unforgivable actions of those who have exercised their power to cause untold agony to thousands of innocent fellow creatures on our planet.”