Local Wildlife Documentary Gets Big Praise

Animals Killed by Wildlife Services as seen in Exposed. Photo courtesy: Predator Defense.
Animals Killed by Wildlife Services as seen in Exposed. Photo courtesy: Predator Defense.

Local group Predator Defense has devoted a large part of its 25-year existence to putting an end to Wildlife Services, a federal agency that traps and poisons predators. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Wildlife Services killed more than 4 million animals in 2013. Recently Predator Defense’s documentary, Exposed: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife, which delves into the federal agency Wildlife Services, won high praise from noted primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, who writes, “I hope it will be watched by millions.”

Predator Defense Executive Director Brooks Fahy says Exposed also recently won Best Wildlife Activism at the 2014 New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, and plans are in the works to continue showing the film in 2015. The films features several former Wildlife Services and U.S. Fish and Wildlife employee whistleblowers as well as Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio, who has repeatedly called to audit and defund the agency. DeFazio calls Wildlife Services “one of the most opaque and least accountable agencies I know of.”

In her review, Goodall writes that after watching Exposed, “two emotions vie with each other: First, horror that cruelty of this magnitude and scale has been perpetrated, for so long, in the name of the American government. And second, great admiration for the brave men who, jeopardizing personal safety and future employment, spoke out against the atrocities that they saw perpetrated, and admitted having perpetrated themselves.”

“Millions of Americans” will learn through watching the film, Goodall writes, “of the unforgivable actions of those who have exercised their power to cause untold agony to thousands of innocent fellow creatures on our planet.”

Exposed can be seen on the Predator Defense website at predatordefense.org/exposed. Or contact Predator Defense at 937-4261 or info@predatordefense.org to arrange a showing.

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