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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 21, 2018 Jordan Rivera No animal deserves to die because someone wants to wear its fur. Someone came along and made realistic fake fur for a reason
Jul 21, 2018 Rita Hines Please don't be so inhumane.
Jul 21, 2018 Colleen Kennedy Letourneau
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Brenda Torres Traping animals should be outlawed it is a cruel archaic method of killing gods creatures
Jul 21, 2018 Noreen Connell
Jul 21, 2018 Kimberly Lango
Jul 21, 2018 Barbara Lafaver
Jul 21, 2018 Cheryl Everson
Jul 21, 2018 Meagan Griffin
Jul 21, 2018 JUDITH CSANKY
Jul 21, 2018 Laura Graczyk
Jul 21, 2018 Dona Alix
Jul 21, 2018 Shelia Britton Stop this now
Jul 21, 2018 Debbie Oneill
Jul 21, 2018 Carol Frumento
Jul 21, 2018 Kathryn and Moore We are judged by the way we treat the vulnerable.
Jul 21, 2018 Patricia Smith
Jul 21, 2018 Wendy Smith Stop murdering otters. We are watching
Jul 21, 2018 Samantha Avery
Jul 21, 2018 Beverly Chandler
Jul 21, 2018 Jennifer HOST-SIMON
Jul 21, 2018 Brigitte Inabnìtt
Jul 21, 2018 panagiotis rigopoulos
Jul 21, 2018 Cinka Andrassy
Jul 21, 2018 Alyssa Hummel
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Candy Torres Stop using traps
Jul 20, 2018 Elvitz Valenzuela
Jul 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2018 Sherese Quintana
Jul 20, 2018 Janie Waldrep
Jul 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2018 Wynne Portee
Jul 20, 2018 Paola Ayala
Jul 20, 2018 Celynne Reale
Jul 20, 2018 Maralee Miller
Jul 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2018 Paula Davis
Jul 20, 2018 Heather Chu
Jul 20, 2018 MacKenzie Serpe
Jul 20, 2018 Ashley Velez
Jul 20, 2018 Denise Yesland
Jul 20, 2018 Judy Collard
Jul 20, 2018 Maryann Haller
Jul 20, 2018 Debra Sinclair
Jul 20, 2018 Mary Ann Black
Jul 20, 2018 Mary Sieprawski
Jul 20, 2018 Shawn Petoskey Just STOP already ! By the our children & grandchildren grow up there will be NO wild life left ! Sad & sick !
Jul 20, 2018 Barbara Manning

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