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Sign this petition and urge Commissioner Louis Porter of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife to ban the use of leg-hold, foothold, and underwater pocket traps for hunting.

The product of fur trapping is easy to see, and has long been vilified as one of the more barbaric corners of fashion. It's easy to find objection with animals being killed and skinned for the profit of design houses. But the inhumanity isn't relegated to a hunter's bullet. Where "foothold" or traditional "leg-hold" traps are used, animals can suffer, starve, and even drown over the course of days, all while unable to move [1].

These traps have been traditionally used by fur trappers, as the mechanism does not harm the majority of the animal's fur. In Vermont, in particular, the usage of these traps is largely unregulated. Animals are commonly found after days of languishing, and often suffering greatly, if not dead [2].

Otters, some of the most intelligent animals in the northeastern U.S., are being drowned and starved to death through the use of these inhumane traps. Even while more and more communities are standing up against their usage — leg-hold and foothold traps are banned in at least 100 countries around the world [3] — the state of Vermont refuses to take notice.

Vermont doesn't have a great record when it comes to enforcing humane hunting practices. In fact, the state Fish and Wildlife Department granted a request to extend the otter hunting season in 2017 [4], granting full permission to use foothold and leg-hold traps. Louis Porter, commissioner of the Fish and Wildlife Department, said an average of 160 otters are killed every year, and as many as 10 more will be trapped during the month-long extension [5].

The extension was prompted by calls of otter overpopulation, but even in neighboring states like Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, where otters are also plentiful, there are regulations in place regarding prohibiting inhumane trapping methods.

It's within the jurisdiction of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commission to set higher standards for hunting, and that includes animals being trapped for their fur. At least 75 percent of Vermont residents oppose leg-hold and body gripping traps [7], and that number is steadily growing with the support of others around the world.

Sign the petition today and put an end to this senseless suffering.

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Dear Commissioner Louis Porter of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife,

Vermont is one of the most beautiful states in our country, with magnificent wildlife and natural features. But while the rest of the world may appreciate the state's beauty, it is hard to look past the cruel practices that pass as otter hunting in Vermont year after year.

Leg-hold and foothold traps, as well as underwater pocket traps, have been banned in at least 100 countries around the world, as well as several U.S. states. It's widely recognized that these devices cause great pain and suffering to the animals that are trapped by them, as they often languish for days before a hunter returns to check the traps.

Many of these animals even resort to chewing off their own limbs, or are found dead after losing blood in the process.

It is within your jurisdiction to set humane standards for hunting, and that includes hunting practices when it comes to animals being trapped for their fur. At least 75 percent of Vermont residents oppose leg-hold and body-gripping traps, and that number is steadily growing with the support of others around the world.

I demand that you ban the use of leg-hold, foothold, and underwater pocket traps today. It's not a matter of solving overpopulation. It's not a matter of protecting business interests. It's a matter of common decency when it comes to proper hunting practices, and it's time to make the humane choice.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jun 18, 2018 Deanna Grunau
Jun 18, 2018 Juliet Pearson
Jun 18, 2018 Aníta Einarsdóttir
Jun 17, 2018 Susan Allred
Jun 17, 2018 Dana Phillips This cruelty needs to end!!!
Jun 17, 2018 Nataliya Henifin
Jun 17, 2018 Carolyn Simmons
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Yohana Garcia stop murdering these innocent souls. Stop the cruelty.
Jun 17, 2018 Mary Bacorn Shameful and barbaric VT should be ashamed
Jun 17, 2018 Catherine Maiorana
Jun 17, 2018 Mary Santana This is sick and cruel! Please stop this immediately! What’s wrong with doing things with some compassion and care? I wish the people who did this kind of thing would be punished inthe same way. Maybe then animals would be treated with some respect.
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 LeeAnn Montgomery
Jun 17, 2018 Claudia Clare
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Geraldine Minott I'm shocked that this is still even happening-- and I had thought better of Vermont.
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Melissa Morris
Jun 17, 2018 Kathy Donato
Jun 17, 2018 Jessica Barbieri
Jun 17, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jun 17, 2018 Wanda Foell Please stop murdering these innocent souls. Stop the cruelty. How would you like it if someone ended your life or someone you love in such a way? Or any way at all...
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Suzanne Poston
Jun 17, 2018 dallas buckley
Jun 17, 2018 Miia Suuronen
Jun 17, 2018 June Fontana
Jun 17, 2018 Cristal Solis 🙏🏽❤️
Jun 17, 2018 Sue Bradley
Jun 17, 2018 Diane Laubenstein
Jun 17, 2018 Charlene Babyak It amazes me that we here in the USA are still allowing this inhumane and barbaric treatment of animals. We suppossedly live in a civilized country and there is nothing civilized about animal cruelty. Stop this inhunane trapping now!!!
Jun 17, 2018 Isabel Berning
Jun 16, 2018 Margi Null
Jun 16, 2018 Jamie Kime Animals have rights and need a voice!
Jun 16, 2018 Nena Gay
Jun 16, 2018 Lauren Lopp
Jun 16, 2018 Lee Tonietti
Jun 16, 2018 Kelly Sabetta
Jun 16, 2018 Sandra Underwood
Jun 16, 2018 Julie Hicks Be kind to all animals
Jun 16, 2018 N Burrows
Jun 16, 2018 donna morris
Jun 16, 2018 Janice Macarthur
Jun 16, 2018 Ashley Engilman
Jun 16, 2018 Biancarosa Alfieri
Jun 15, 2018 Rachel Beiferman
Jun 15, 2018 Genie Allgood
Jun 15, 2018 Holly E Leg-hold trapping is DESPICABLE and INHUMANE!

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