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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


Jul 18, 2018 Karin Dalesky
Jul 18, 2018 Stacey Norwood So sad
Jul 18, 2018 Dina Mcintyre Stop this please
Jul 18, 2018 Susan Campion
Jul 18, 2018 Mary Jo Morra
Jul 18, 2018 Karen Sable
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Alison Stolpa
Jul 18, 2018 Peggie Foster
Jul 18, 2018 Mary Krueger
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Patricia McKay
Jul 18, 2018 Tina Szymanski What a horrific act, these pathetic people should be executed for being allowed to legally trap these poor helpless animals. This to be done to those who harm any type of animal.
Jul 18, 2018 Gabrielle Huang
Jul 18, 2018 Jo Dent
Jul 18, 2018 Hailey Taulbee
Jul 18, 2018 Tawni Vrabel
Jul 18, 2018 Bonnie Costello Trapping is cruel and so inhumane! Put yourself in these animals place....nothing should have to endure such evil torture!!
Jul 18, 2018 Alicia Norris
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Rose Keyes
Jul 18, 2018 Tina Barnett Please stop this horrible trapping! These are GODS animals not ours to kill and maim! Stop!
Jul 18, 2018 Lynn C This barbaric trapping must be stopped! Very inhuman.
Jul 18, 2018 Judeanne Fado
Jul 18, 2018 Eleanor Stewart
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 carol meere
Jul 18, 2018 Tara Iarusso
Jul 18, 2018 Mary Stephens
Jul 18, 2018 Paige Peterson
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Jul 18, 2018 Melanie Harris
Jul 18, 2018 Donna Sears
Jul 18, 2018 Sandy Webster
Jul 18, 2018 Breena Satterfield
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Carol Valint
Jul 18, 2018 Linda Corcoran
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Jul 18, 2018 Marti Worth
Jul 18, 2018 Jessi Johnson
Jul 18, 2018 Kolleen Kelley Leg hold and body gripping traps are cruel and indiscriminate. They should of been banned long ago. Over 100 country’s have done so because of the cruelty. It’s high time we follow.
Jul 18, 2018 Ursula Bayer
Jul 18, 2018 Rose Dooling
Jul 18, 2018 Carol Kaylor
Jul 18, 2018 Mary Murphy

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