Western Watersheds Project present...
Three screenings of
“EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife”
with Producer talk-back session
October 15-16, 2015
Boise / Pocatello, ID
4:00 pm | October 15th | The Lookout Room
Student Union Building, Boise State University
1910 University Dr. – Boise, ID 83725
Free for Students & Faculty
7:30 pm | October 15th | The Flicks
646 W. Fulton St. – Boise, ID 83702
$5.00 at the door and available through the Flicks
7:00 pm | October 16th | POND Wood River Room
Student Union Building, Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave. – Pocatello, ID 83201
$5.00 at the door
BOISE / POCATELLO – An award-winning documentary Jane Goodall wants millions to see is coming to Idaho. The film, “EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife" – produced byPredator Defense Executive Director Brooks Fahy – features three former federal agents and prominent Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio 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.
Gray wolves have been gunned down from helicopters the last few years over the "Lolo Zone" in north-central Idaho. The "Lolo Zone" is prime gray wolf habitat, and home to some of the most rugged and beautiful public wildlands in the lower 48. But thanks to Wildlife Services and the Idaho Fish & Game Department, it's become an elk farm.
"EXPOSED" won Best Short Film at the 2015 Animal Film Festival and Best Wildlife Activism at the 2014 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.
In Boise, a free screening for students and faculty, hosted by the Boise State University Chapter of the Wildlife Society, will be held at 4:00pm on October 15th, at the Lookout Room in the Student Union Building at BSU. Later in the evening, The Flicks is showing a special screening at 7:30pm for $5.00 at the door.
In Pocatello, a special screening for will be held at 7:00pm on October 16th, at the POND Wood River Room in the Student Union Building at Idaho State University. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door.
All proceeds from the screenings will go toward Predator Defense's travel fund so they may continue to show this important film across the country!
An audience question and answer session with film co-producer/director Brooks Fahy will be held after the screenings. Joining him will be Executive Director Laird Lucas and Staff Attorney Talasi Brooks of Advocates for the West, and Senior Staff Attorney Kristin Ruether of Western Watersheds Project. Together they are spearheading legal strategies against Wildlife Services in Idaho.
"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."
The whistle blowers in the film reveal deeply entrenched problems within this federal agency. Wildlife Services has not been accountable with federal funds. In 2014 the USDA’s Inspector General finally agreed to respond to a Congressional request for an audit of the program, but no inspection report has yet been completed or made available.
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.