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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


Sep 19, 2017 Saddie Al
Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 15, 2017 Ladonna Courey
Sep 15, 2017 Amber Ford
Sep 15, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Sep 15, 2017 Jacqueline Peter
Sep 14, 2017 Lesley Thomas
Sep 14, 2017 Lin Oliver
Sep 14, 2017 Katarina DURJAK
Sep 14, 2017 Jackie Enright
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 13, 2017 Jo Ardell
Sep 13, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 13, 2017 Maria Manzo
Sep 13, 2017 Gillian Lee
Sep 13, 2017 Sherry Frey-Brown
Sep 13, 2017 Paula Pucharella
Sep 13, 2017 Elizabeth Mitchell
Sep 13, 2017 Alice Gem
Sep 13, 2017 Lisa MacAllister
Sep 13, 2017 jennifer pies
Sep 13, 2017 Ursela Rabe
Sep 13, 2017 Evan Jane Kriss
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Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 10, 2017 Sharon gooding
Sep 10, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Sep 9, 2017 Grisel Garcia
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 7, 2017 Diana Drummond
Sep 7, 2017 meg jones
Sep 7, 2017 John Ingram
Sep 7, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 6, 2017 Mara Mandell
Sep 6, 2017 Karen Wolf
Sep 6, 2017 Danielle Goerman
Sep 6, 2017 Jillana Laufer Shame on you for this rampant killing you endorse. I hope you are on the receiving end of payback for this atrocity.
Sep 6, 2017 Niki Papadopoulou
Sep 6, 2017 Diana Martins
Sep 6, 2017 Anne-Pascale Kestemont
Sep 6, 2017 Faby Diez Enough is enough why kill our animals that mother nayhas giving us ! Stop no more is time to save our animals
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Sep 5, 2017 Teresa Ashley
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Sep 5, 2017 Sheila White
Sep 4, 2017 maristela machado
Sep 4, 2017 Janna Ellsworth

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