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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


Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Natalie DeBoer
Apr 22, 2018 Rita Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Hickford
Apr 22, 2018 Rose Hickford
Apr 21, 2018 Patty Audrain
Apr 21, 2018 Rita Council
Apr 20, 2018 Katie McMahon-Ellenz
Apr 20, 2018 Victoria Apodaca
Apr 19, 2018 Debbie Foster
Apr 19, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2018 raphael balboni
Apr 18, 2018 Kara Wendholt
Apr 18, 2018 Ana Alvarez
Apr 18, 2018 Alexia Zbinden-Leibzig
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 18, 2018 geraldine antierens
Apr 17, 2018 Ricardo Costa
Apr 17, 2018 Brian Adams
Apr 16, 2018 kelly carlson
Apr 16, 2018 Giulia Palmioli
Apr 16, 2018 Laura Hickey
Apr 16, 2018 Josh Guy
Apr 16, 2018 Linda Payne
Apr 16, 2018 Donna Holinej
Apr 15, 2018 lisa Weston Bialy
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 Ron Lombard
Apr 15, 2018 Josie Hampstead
Apr 15, 2018 Dr Ron Mervis
Apr 15, 2018 Melody Jacobs If I asked you to set up an automatic gun that sprays bullets to kill anything that comes into contact with it, you'd deny my request immediately. So what's the difference with using chemical warfare? At least the gun would be a humane death!!!
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Christine Kwiecinski
Apr 14, 2018 Sudeshna Ghosh
Apr 14, 2018 JoAnn Shuleski
Apr 14, 2018 Debbie Marquess
Apr 14, 2018 Jean Lambert
Apr 14, 2018 Valerie Shuter
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 Anita Hoos
Apr 13, 2018 anne golding
Apr 13, 2018 Nicole Hadjieva
Apr 13, 2018 delaney christensen No animal should be killed by using traps, just humanely catch them and relocate them to a preservation.
Apr 13, 2018 Peter Fell
Apr 13, 2018 Maria Ring
Apr 13, 2018 Carol Kaslander
Apr 13, 2018 Stephanie Domian

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