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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 21, 2018 Linda Dascenzo
Jun 21, 2018 Janis Huneycutt Trappers are cruel and cowardly.
Jun 21, 2018 Melinda Johnson
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 Davida Berzinsky This is cruel and inhumane. Animals can suffer for days. It is a horrible practice and must stop.
Jun 21, 2018 Chris Lindsey
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 Gaby Riley
Jun 21, 2018 Sheila Martin
Jun 21, 2018 Danae Michael
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 rozanne vizcarra Because you don’t have anything respect for their responsibility because you environment your kids or disappear for
Jun 21, 2018 Mónica Tassitano
Jun 21, 2018 Marilyn Williams
Jun 21, 2018 meg jones
Jun 21, 2018 Theresa Blyth Stop trapping
Jun 21, 2018 S Brown
Jun 21, 2018 christina webster
Jun 20, 2018 Deborah Leonard
Jun 20, 2018 Mary O'Brien
Jun 20, 2018 Maria Victoria Acacio
Jun 20, 2018 Dori Merkle Please send this cruel practice
Jun 20, 2018 Melissa Hanmer
Jun 20, 2018 Lisa Moore
Jun 20, 2018 Shelly Farguson
Jun 20, 2018 Dorothy Warder
Jun 20, 2018 Karen Steele
Jun 20, 2018 Bridget Wilson
Jun 20, 2018 Susan Arnold
Jun 20, 2018 Sharon Medford In this day and age. Shame on you Vermont!
Jun 20, 2018 Patty Kamysz
Jun 20, 2018 Lorrie Jones
Jun 20, 2018 Michelle Carnall
Jun 20, 2018 Stéphane DELPECH
Jun 20, 2018 Eric Le masson
Jun 20, 2018 Gusta Volkers
Jun 20, 2018 tania rivera
Jun 20, 2018 Andrea Turman
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Patricia Furman This is a cruel practice and should be stopped. Your state is beautiful and this puts a stain on that beauty. I have have visited Vermont but will not again until these traps are banned.
Jun 20, 2018 pete gunning
Jun 20, 2018 Caroline Joels
Jun 20, 2018 James Bodsberg
Jun 20, 2018 Maria Miller
Jun 20, 2018 Ann Morrison
Jun 20, 2018 Eva Bianchi
Jun 20, 2018 Renate Irwin
Jun 20, 2018 Annette Wessberg
Jun 20, 2018 Joyce Braswell
Jun 20, 2018 Hope Ackerman

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