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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


Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Nadine Labrea
Jun 17, 2018 gillard claudine
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 13, 2018 Trudi Morsman Must be removed to protect innocent animals and children
Jun 12, 2018 Dean LaPorte
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Myra Craig Ban these and all traps.
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Adriana Rodriguez
Jun 11, 2018 HSIU CHUI
Jun 11, 2018 JANICE CHUI
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 10, 2018 Jill Tew
Jun 8, 2018 Myriam ROBERT
Jun 7, 2018 Stephanie Spiers
Jun 7, 2018 Anita Carter
Jun 7, 2018 Maryanna Moskal
Jun 6, 2018 heather hammar
Jun 5, 2018 N. Murin
Jun 5, 2018 carole MASSENET
Jun 4, 2018 Mollie Vreeland
Jun 2, 2018 Goldie Antelman
Jun 2, 2018 ELIZABETH SAPPINGTON
Jun 1, 2018 Megan Sykes Stop trying to control animal populations. This is their planet, and they are entitled to roam it without human interference.
May 31, 2018 Pauline Desilets
May 30, 2018 Julie Matewicz
May 30, 2018 Niki O'Connor
May 30, 2018 Randel Miranda
May 30, 2018 Christina Robertson
May 30, 2018 marie blanche brabant
May 30, 2018 Mary Denham
May 30, 2018 Deborah Clarke
May 29, 2018 Lorraine Glenn
May 29, 2018 BOUR Claire
May 29, 2018 Clément Bour
May 29, 2018 Jennifer Hedden
May 29, 2018 Leisa Baumann
May 28, 2018 Johanne Tremblay
May 28, 2018 Flavia Mensen
May 28, 2018 raisa hebra
May 28, 2018 Pam Yoder
May 28, 2018 Linda Wiltshire
May 28, 2018 Rosa María Montés
May 27, 2018 Danielle Tallent
May 27, 2018 Camille Barron
May 27, 2018 C Friedrich

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