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The United States Department of Agriculture is responsible for maintaining and conserving our nations farmland and natural resources. And while there is little call for biological warfare in its oversight, the USDA's Wildlife Service still regularly deploys deadly and indiscriminate cyanide traps in an effort of animal control.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, Wildlife Services was responsible for killing almost 34 million bears, bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, wolves between 2004 to 2013. The department relies on traditional traps and snares to keep wildlife clear of private property, crops, and livestock, but in some cases animals have been shot from helicopters or airplanes, poisoned, killed in their dens, and killed with cyanide gas.

M-44 traps look similar to underground sprinkler heads, but explode a cloud of orange sodium cyanide dust when manipulated. Along with severely injuring an Idaho teenager named Canyon Mansfield and killing his dog Casey on March 16, Wildlife Services' M-44 traps have been recently responsible for the deaths of pets in other states as well. The Washington Post reports that Max, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, was killed by an M-44 trap in Utah in 2006. Bella was killed by a similar trap in 2011, not more than 1,000 feet from her Texas home.

The USDA maintains that 230 dogs have been unintentionally killed by M-44 traps since 2008. Livestock and other pets have lost their lives, too. All it takes is a vertical tug on the device to set it off. The sodium cyanide reacts with moisture in the animal's mouth, releasing hydrogen cyanide gas. Animals covered in the gas die within 5 minutes, but the death is anything but painless, as recent stories have proven.

Wildlife Services agents are equipped with amyl nitrate antidote kits, and wear heavy protective clothing when deploying the devices, as the deadly effects of cyanide gas are well known. And while the USDA yet claims that the devices are only ever installed on private property at the behest of the landowners, M-44 traps have draw criticism from every level of the U.S. legislature.

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) wants to at least keep taxpayer dollars from funding the traps, as he says they're ineffectual and sometimes illegal.

"The recent death of dogs in Idaho and Wyoming are the latest unnecessary tragedies of USDA's Wildlife Services use of M-44 cyanide traps," DeFazio told Fox News. "These deadly traps have killed scores of domestic animals, and sooner or later, they will kill a human."

DeFazio is expected to revise a bill from 2008 that would ban Wildlife Services' use of M-44 traps and bring it before congress this year.

Sign the petition to urge the USDA to ban cyanide traps immediately and completely. There is no telling what or who may be injured by these cyanide traps next!

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To the USDA Secretary,

The needless death and injury caused by the USDA's Wildlife Services use of M-44 cyanide traps costs much more than such animal control methods are worth, and must be stopped immediately. The people of the United States, asking for their own safety, and that of their families, implore you ban M-44 traps today.

Along with severely injuring an Idaho teenager named Canyon Mansfield and killing his dog Casey on March 16, Wildlife Services' M-44 traps have been recently responsible for the deaths of pets in other states as well. The Washington Post reports that Max, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, was killed by an M-44 trap in Utah in 2006. Bella was killed by a similar trap in 2011, not more than 1,000 feet from her Texas home.

The USDA maintains that 230 dogs have been unintentionally killed by M-44 traps since 2008. Livestock and other pets have lost their lives, too. All it takes is a vertical tug on the device to set it off. The sodium cyanide reacts with moisture in the animal's mouth, releasing hydrogen cyanide gas. Animals covered in the gas die within 5 minutes, but the death is anything but painless, as recent stories have proven.

Wildlife Services agents are equipped with amyl nitrate antidote kits, and wear heavy protective clothing when deploying the devices, as the deadly effects of cyanide gas are well known.

It begs the question, Secretary, why are these devices still allowed to used on our own land?

There is no excuse for mounting chemical warfare on the people and animals of the United States, but Wildlife Services agents continue to do so. Please halt the use of M-44 traps categorically. There is no telling what or who may be injured by these cyanide bombs next!

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Dec 17, 2017 Kathy Sutter
Dec 17, 2017 Kayann Ramos
Dec 17, 2017 Noreen Newmark
Dec 17, 2017 Eva Passerini
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Dec 16, 2017 Ms. Jonnie Allert
Dec 16, 2017 Valeria Ceron
Dec 16, 2017 Anna Rossini
Dec 16, 2017 Helen Auzins
Dec 14, 2017 Szymon Stolecki
Dec 14, 2017 Anna Stolecka
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Dec 13, 2017 Donna Brock
Dec 12, 2017 Meher Behrana
Dec 12, 2017 ANNA BARRANCO
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2017 Elsie Brooks are we really doing this in my country????!!!!
Dec 3, 2017 Maria Underwood
Dec 3, 2017 Elena Samoylova
Dec 3, 2017 Eileen Kulp
Dec 3, 2017 tara thomas
Dec 2, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 1, 2017 NANCY CATANIA
Dec 1, 2017 Frank Catania
Dec 1, 2017 dolores kitney
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Dec 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 30, 2017 Beatrice Zuin
Nov 27, 2017 Edwin Rodriguez
Nov 26, 2017 Cinzia Moore
Nov 26, 2017 Candice Paulus
Nov 26, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 26, 2017 Ligia Castillo
Nov 25, 2017 Sue Britton
Nov 25, 2017 Marta Barbeau
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 Lynne Minore
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Becky Hawkins
Nov 21, 2017 janet phail-droege
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 21, 2017 Sigrid Spichal
Nov 20, 2017 george maharis
Nov 20, 2017 Jill Heins
Nov 20, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Nov 20, 2017 Melissa Dorval
Nov 20, 2017 Marguerite Panzica

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