Don’t Force Animal Control to Slaughter Wildlife

Target: Cameron F. Clark, Director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Goal: Do not require animal control officers to euthanize healthy ‘nuisance’ animals removed from properties.

Animal removal specialists may soon be required to euthanize any animals they take from properties if a new rule change occurs in the state of Indiana. According to some pest control experts, the change could result in the wholesale slaughter of raccoons, opossums, coyotes and other animals, along with the possibility that domestic animals such as chickens could be targeted as well. Demand that this inhumane proposal be stopped in its tracks before it has the chance to potentially endanger many innocent lives.

Currently, healthy animals removed by state animal control officers and licensed specialists are released in designated areas. Changing the rule to require that all captured animals be killed, regardless of their health or temperament, will likely result in thousands of animals being needlessly slaughtered each year. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has stated that the population of raccoons, coyotes and other species must be controlled to prevent the spread of disease, but there is no scientific evidence to back up their claims.

This rule change is reckless and harmful not just to native wildlife but to all animals in Indiana as a whole. Sign below and demand that animal control officers be allowed to conduct their jobs humanely.


Dear Director Clark,

Currently, animal control officers and pest removal specialists are permitted to humanely release healthy wildlife removed from properties in specially designated areas. Your department’s proposal to change this rule and instead require that all captured animals be killed is appalling. Not only will it likely result in the slaughter of thousands of native creatures each year, it may also put livestock and pets at risk.

There is no scientific evidence that killing so-called ‘nuisance’ animals will control their populations or lower the incidence of disease. That is why we urge you to not to enforce this unconscionable rule that will endanger all animals living in Indiana.


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  1. What kind of cruel idiots decided that the law in handling wildlife should change for NO justifiable reason. Opossums are sweet gentle animals, rarely carrying rabies. Raccoons, also, are not common carriers, nor are coyotes. Chickens, too?! How many other animals would be harmed–livestock, pets, etc.?
    Since humans have taken over their habitats, and they need food, water and a safe place to live and raise families, they may intrude on properties, where they are not appreciated.
    Moving them and releasing them to other designated safe areas, as has been the past policy, seems reasonable. KILLING THEM IS NOT! Unless a serious danger to humans because of disease, which is not, often an issue, the normal humane policy should continue.
    Although I would not recommend wildlife as pets–more for their health and safety than humans, I have known people that have had all 3 of these animals in homes–wonderful creatures. Opossums are, particularly, a gentle, harmless sweet animal. What kind of humans think killing animals just because they are annoying to certain people is a sane and reasonable decision? Human development has overtaken the safe habitats for these animals. We should accommodate them–not slaughter them!! Are we so selfish and arrogant that we feel the need to bully, injure and kill them?! Why can’t more human animals find ways to share the earth with the other animals?

    • I agree with you, this just immoral. We should do better than this!

      • Ditto! No one should be thinking or operating out of a mindset that essentially says “all life except HUMAN life is cheap”! While other places are seeking to educate the masses on how to live WITH and ALONGSIDE other animals, Indiana is not JUST going backwards, but BEYOND backwards! This dangerous precedent/law MUST be canned!!!

  2. Derinda Nilsson says:

    This is just hell for these sweet animals. Why is the answer always to kill? People have no say in weather an animal lives or dies. We live in a world full of hateful bastards. Stop the killings.

  3. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Please stop this stupidity now! This is no way to treat any animals, they must be allowed to live freely in another area. We have destroyed so much of the ecosystem of this planet and every surviving animal plays an important part.


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