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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


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
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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
Nov 19, 2017 Gen Agustsson
Nov 19, 2017 Anne Havard
Nov 19, 2017 Gisele PENA
Nov 18, 2017 Naomi Sobo
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 Veda Simpson
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Nov 17, 2017 Kristina Fedorov
Nov 16, 2017 Annette Bartlett
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Nov 16, 2017 Maryanne Thompson
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Dillard
Nov 16, 2017 Sandra Herrera
Nov 16, 2017 Andreas Papapanagiotou
Nov 16, 2017 Minerva Krueger
Nov 16, 2017 Jackie Doying
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Nov 16, 2017 Monica Lewandowski
Nov 16, 2017 Elizabeth Brooks
Nov 16, 2017 Mindy Schech
Nov 16, 2017 Carleen Rosenau
Nov 16, 2017 Patti Dominick
Nov 16, 2017 melissa abers
Nov 16, 2017 Lisa Sherman
Nov 16, 2017 Tanja Stanfield
Nov 16, 2017 Sue Sargent
Nov 16, 2017 Nicole Chaplain-Pearman
Nov 16, 2017 Maryanne Preli
Nov 16, 2017 Bettina Bowers
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am just sick to hear this is even occuring!
Nov 15, 2017 Isabel Sobral
Nov 15, 2017 Lisa Wilhelm
Nov 14, 2017 janice vakili Cruel, dangerous, deadly...stop it now!...
Nov 14, 2017 Kaitlin McGonigle

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