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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


Aug 14, 2018 Rositta Gile
Aug 14, 2018 Linda Bertoch Anderson
Aug 13, 2018 Aileen Glynn
Aug 13, 2018 Virgil Pauls
Aug 13, 2018 Victoria Bender
Aug 13, 2018 carol micek
Aug 13, 2018 Charlotte Frampton
Aug 13, 2018 Debbie Christner
Aug 13, 2018 Raquel Alves
Aug 13, 2018 Carol Edgerton
Aug 13, 2018 Suzy Lowe
Aug 13, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 13, 2018 Robyn Nicholson
Aug 13, 2018 janna murphy
Aug 13, 2018 Jamie Lyons
Aug 13, 2018 Nichelle Johnson
Aug 13, 2018 David Sickles
Aug 13, 2018 Betty Lininger
Aug 10, 2018 BARBARA CONSOLO
Aug 10, 2018 Pat Rowell Whoever thought of cyanide traps and whoever uses them belong in jail. Think of children, pets, endangered species, etc. Outlaw them now.
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 5, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Aug 5, 2018 Margarida Valadao
Aug 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2018 Petra Achtzehnter
Aug 1, 2018 Joann Costa
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts
Aug 1, 2018 Leslie Antonio
Jul 31, 2018 Sandra Williams barbaric!!
Jul 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2018 Camille Clarke
Jul 31, 2018 ANDROULLA SAVVA
Jul 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 Pam Freilich
Jul 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2018 PATRICIA Burgert
Jul 28, 2018 hameau catherine
Jul 28, 2018 BROOKE SMITH SUCH A TOXIC GAS (CYANIDE)SHOULD NOT BE USED/MANUFACTURED WITHIN THE U.S.-SUCH A DANGER TO PEOPLE, PLANTS & ANIMALS ALONG WITH THE ECO DAMAGE ARE WELL DOCUMENTED! BAN THE M-44 AND ALL USAGE!
Jul 28, 2018 Terri Gordon-Davis
Jul 27, 2018 Stephanie Brake
Jul 25, 2018 Ramona Blankinship
Jul 23, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
Jul 22, 2018 Mary Price
Jul 22, 2018 Karen Rome
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Cecile Nurit
Jul 20, 2018 jmeterFirstName jmeterLastName jmeterComment
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Jul 19, 2018 regula hess

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