Protect Endangered Ocelot From Cruel Snares and Traps

Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Remove dangerous snares and traps from the ocelot’s habitat.

The ocelot is dying due to the placement of snares and traps in its habitat. The traps are a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) plan to rid the area of predatory animals. Take a stand for this rare cat and ban snares and traps from its habitat.

The government’s war on predators is now eradicating the innocent. The traps meant to control the coyote, bear, and bobcat populations are killing ocelots in the process. A report filed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service confirmed that snares and traps put ocelots at risk. Despite this, the USDA continues to use the traps in the ocelot’s habitat.

Fewer than 100 ocelots remain in the United States. We must stand with the Center for Biological Diversity and the Animal Welfare Institute in their fight to save this species. Sign below and ban snares and traps from the ocelot’s habitat.


Dear Mr. Vilsack,

The ocelot nearly went extinct once due to the use of cruel traps and snares. Now, the devices that you use to kill unwanted predators are again targeting this rare cat. We demand that you halt the use of traps and snares in the ocelot’s habitat.

Fewer than 100 ocelots remain in the United States. That number continues to dwindle as more die in your traps everyday. There must be a way to control the bear, bobcat, and coyote populations without driving the ocelot to extinction.

The ocelot deserves a chance to thrive. We demand that you immediately halt the use of traps and snares to protect this endangered species.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. must outlaw all cruel traps that kill now.

  2. Lauren Amick says:

    These traps are as inhumane as glue traps are for rodents and bugs. The animal trapped is tortured for days, dying of dehydration, starvation, and shock. No living being deserves to die that way. It is torture.

    And animals besides the ones you’re targeting are also being murdered. Animals like domestic dogs, which I assume some of you have in your very own homes.

    In today’s society there are other ways to “fix” problems such as these. Why would you want to be known as inhumane and cruel human beings who only care about their own agendas? If people see you striving to do the humane thing for all living beings, don’t you think that would reflect well for you? I know I would trust and honor those who try to be kind and not cruel.

    Please consider my words, and the words of the other people who have no doubt contacted you.


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