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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


Apr 19, 2018 Christine Tremayne
Apr 19, 2018 Mary Mackowiak No animal should ever have to suffer like this!
Apr 19, 2018 Terasa Aspinall Keep protesting Vermont!
Apr 19, 2018 Tess Reed Stop cruelty
Apr 19, 2018 Mindy Billings Stop cruel abuse
Apr 19, 2018 Gayle Fitzgerald
Apr 19, 2018 Teresa Ashley
Apr 19, 2018 Kimberly Curcuru
Apr 19, 2018 Caitlin Carli
Apr 19, 2018 Lindsay Crow
Apr 19, 2018 Carole Ebner
Apr 19, 2018 Jo Ann Justice
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2018 Carol Ann Porter
Apr 19, 2018 Joan Hamburger
Apr 19, 2018 Brenda Smith
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) This must stop.
Apr 19, 2018 Susan Verser
Apr 19, 2018 Marilyn Koff
Apr 19, 2018 Lorraine Cushen
Apr 19, 2018 william motiel
Apr 19, 2018 Holly Davis
Apr 19, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 19, 2018 Brenda Hummel
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2018 Andrea Sweet
Apr 19, 2018 Suzanne Zimmer
Apr 19, 2018 Lucia Guevara
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2018 Lily Wong
Apr 19, 2018 Eva Eddy
Apr 19, 2018 Mattie Essemaeker
Apr 19, 2018 Suzanne Sheldon
Apr 19, 2018 NICOLE RIERA
Apr 19, 2018 Rita Alarcon
Apr 19, 2018 Jill Bard
Apr 19, 2018 linda navoian
Apr 19, 2018 Joyce Trivette
Apr 19, 2018 Carla Beck
Apr 19, 2018 Amanda Barber
Apr 19, 2018 Sherrie Moore Stop this shocking cruelty!
Apr 19, 2018 Michele Murphy
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Jessica Chong-Kainoa
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 donna hopkins
Apr 18, 2018 Viv Pearson Please stop this horrible cruelty. Have a heart!
Apr 18, 2018 Maria Seeha
Apr 18, 2018 Virginia Holloter Fur is going out of style. Stop this cruelty!!
Apr 18, 2018 Laurie Morales

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