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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


Oct 17, 2017 LOUISE MOORE
Oct 17, 2017 Michael Torosian
Oct 16, 2017 Linda Michaels
Oct 16, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Oct 16, 2017 Sheila Massoni trapping animals in and of itself is a sick hobby
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Sharron Duthie
Oct 15, 2017 bobbette bross
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 12, 2017 Jennifer Parsons
Oct 12, 2017 andree luron
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 12, 2017 Jordi Malgà
Oct 11, 2017 kaydee lewis
Oct 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2017 oren k
Oct 10, 2017 Nicola Marsden
Oct 10, 2017 Megan Bornman
Oct 10, 2017 Paula Mattila
Oct 10, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 10, 2017 Bob Bellamy
Oct 10, 2017 Brian Gottejman
Oct 10, 2017 Donna Partin
Oct 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2017 irene miller
Oct 10, 2017 Lynne Doyle
Oct 9, 2017 Paul Carverr
Oct 9, 2017 Leew pohl
Oct 9, 2017 denise krula
Oct 8, 2017 Cathleen Gorden
Oct 6, 2017 Kelli Sheflin
Oct 6, 2017 Leanne Keane
Oct 6, 2017 Barbara Idso
Oct 6, 2017 Brenda Roy
Oct 6, 2017 Sonja Elidottir
Oct 6, 2017 Patricia Dangle
Oct 5, 2017 Dave Garcin
Oct 5, 2017 venus th
Oct 5, 2017 Marion Friedl
Oct 5, 2017 MaryJo DeGiuseppi
Oct 5, 2017 K Moore
Oct 5, 2017 Sarah Young
Oct 4, 2017 Maureen Downs These traps should be banned immediately
Oct 4, 2017 Laurie Johnson
Oct 4, 2017 Beverly Brown
Oct 4, 2017 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
Oct 4, 2017 Jill Nightingale
Oct 4, 2017 Pamela Miguez
Oct 4, 2017 linda starrett
Oct 4, 2017 Natalie Gray

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