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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


Feb 19, 2018 Sheila Dempsey
Feb 18, 2018 Barbara Siewert
Feb 18, 2018 Howard Fleming
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Feb 17, 2018 Kaz Monty
Feb 17, 2018 John Chambers
Feb 17, 2018 kathy mcnally
Feb 17, 2018 Claudia Jarrett
Feb 16, 2018 ANA ALEMAN
Feb 16, 2018 Monika Jakubik
Feb 15, 2018 Terance Murphy
Feb 15, 2018 Ingrid Kozaczek
Feb 15, 2018 Matías Fuertes
Feb 14, 2018 veronique Charvet
Feb 14, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Feb 14, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) This harms everyone! Stop it!
Feb 13, 2018 Gina Lippa Seriously! Despicable!
Feb 12, 2018 Keith Cliver These traps should be outlawed immediately!
Feb 12, 2018 Bonnie Farmer
Feb 12, 2018 Victoria Salter
Feb 11, 2018 Michael Collier
Feb 11, 2018 Ann Conney
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 Caren Ferris
Feb 11, 2018 Adeline Wong
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad
Feb 10, 2018 Linda M
Feb 9, 2018 Eva Avrampou
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 Sandra Just
Feb 7, 2018 Diane Tabbott
Feb 7, 2018 Jessie Bourke
Feb 7, 2018 Casey Morrow
Feb 7, 2018 Greta Hunter
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Feb 5, 2018 Sandra Dutcher
Feb 3, 2018 Lynn R
Feb 2, 2018 Shabnam Shafiq
Jan 30, 2018 June Macy
Jan 28, 2018 Annabelle Travis
Jan 28, 2018 colinda kram
Jan 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 24, 2018 Aly Macgregor
Jan 23, 2018 Renae McKeon I don't care if you are trying to kill a coyote or fox or any other canid species, this is a disgusting and horrific way to do it. If my dog was killed by one of these devices, you can bet that there would be hell to pay. Stop cyanide use immediately!
Jan 23, 2018 Lens Lucas
Jan 23, 2018 Anne-Marie Sancho
Jan 22, 2018 Laura Congdon This lust and mediately
Jan 21, 2018 Christopher Lang

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