Stop Using Cyanide to Kill Wildlife

Target: Sonny Perdue, Head of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Goal: Ban the use of dangerous and deadly cyanide traps, M44s.

Many are unaware but for years the U.S. government has been using M44s, a cyanide trap disguised as scented bait, to kill coyotes and wolves. The device has killed other wildlife over the years but has also killed family pets and recently put a child in danger. It is time to make these devices illegal.

Over six years, 3,400 non-targeted wildlife and family pets were mistakenly killed by M44s. This number is according to the USDA, but many believe this number could be even higher. Recently a family was out in their yard when their 14-year-old boy and their family dog discovered one of the devices. Due to curiosity, the boy touched the device, which activated it. Orange powder shot from the device and covered the boy and the dog. The dog died within a few minutes, and the boy was rushed to the hospital and is thankfully doing okay. The device was only 350 yards away, which was right on the property line from the boy’s home. The family nor the county sheriff knew of the placement of this device.

Sign this petition and demand that the USDA no longer use these cruel devices. Not only is cyanide poisoning an unnecessarily cruel death, but it has lead to too many accidental deaths.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Perdue,

For years, the USDA has been using M44s, a cyanide trap, to kill coyotes and wolves. Not only is cyanide poisoning an excruciating death, but these devices have lead to thousands of accidental deaths of non-target wildlife and family pets. It is time to ban this dangerous device.

Recently, a family was out in their yard when their 14-year-old boy and their family dog came across a M44. Neither knew of the device’s deadly powers, and the boy touched it out of curiosity. This activated the device, which spewed orange powder all over the boy and the dog. The dog died within minutes while the boy was rushed to a nearby hospital and is thankfully doing okay. This device was right on the family’s property line, about 350 yards away from their home, and they had no idea about the new placement of this deadly device.

Please consider banning these dangerous devices. They are unnecessarily cruel, and it is only a matter of time before a child is killed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Chistopher Bruno

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15 Comments

  1. When is the American government going to come out of the stone age? These traps are brutal and barbaric, and dangerous to others they are not meant for as well.
    They need to adopt NO torture/NO kill methods of dealing with wildlife issues.
    Stop the torture and killing and go with humane and compassionate solutions. They are available to anyone who does a bit of research.

  2. i read some news about a dog who was killed by this cyanide named casey with his family in their yard. must ban this crap for good now.

  3. Anne Moeller Anne Moeller says:

    Stop this barbaric act and let the wildlife live!

  4. Denise Baudin says:

    Sonny Perdue, Head of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):
    You have to be AWARE of the following – Cyanide traps kill wildlife, pets and people if not treated immediately.

    “Over six years, 3,400 non-targeted wildlife and FAMILY PETS were mistakenly killed by M44s.
    This number is according to the USDA, but many believe this number could be even higher. Recently a family was out in their yard when their 14-YEAR-OLD-BOY and their FAMILY DOG discovered one of the devices. Due to curiosity, the boy touched the device, which activated it. Orange powder shot from the device and covered the boy and the dog. The DOG DIED within a few minutes, and the BOY was rushed to the hospital and is thankfully doing okay.”

    You have the platform to BAN THE USE OF DANGEROUS AND DEADLY CYANIDE TRAPS, M44s.
    DO IT. Thank you.

  5. Caryl Sawyer says:

    Question: How does USDA go about finding subnormal beings to set these cyanide traps? Do they advertise? How is the ad worded? “Abnormal people wanted, please apply to USDA”?

  6. USDA do you have any intelligence at all? Don’t you take in consideration
    other animals,pets,and children that can get hurt/killed by these devices?
    Even the pets,and wildlife can come upon these dead animals and eat them
    and die from the poison. Ban the use of deadly and dangerous cyanide
    traps. If you have a conscience show it.

  7. THE GOVERNMENT IS EVIL!!!

  8. Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!

    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be banned on an island for their whole lives – the devil should take all responsible persons away! Or not?
    THE DEVIL SHOULD TAKE  ALL   RESPONSIBLE   PERSONS  AWAY   –  ONCE  FOR ALL !

  9. What the fuck killing innocent and defenceless sentient beings with the most heinous torture and suffering by cyanide traps disguised as scented bait.

    Here the USA go again the psychopathic animal torturing human species killing the innocent by the vilest of torture and suffering just to kill the innocent for there own selfish and heartless means.

    Please Sonny Perdue, Head of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) stop and ban this sadism and evilness, deadly cyanide traps, M44s immediately.

    These precious sentient beings as well as our precious pets and children don’t deserve to die in agony because of your vile and evil sadism and evilness committed against the innocent.This is an absolute disgrace of murder and an abomination of the vilest of acts committed against the innocent.

    THE USA HAVE A LOT TO ANSWER FOR DUE TO THE ATROCITIES THEY ALLOW TO HAPPEN AGAINST OUR PRECIOUS WILDLIFE AND ALL OUR PRECIOUS ANIMALS. It is absolutely sickening and unforgivable.

  10. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    ASSWIPES❗😠
    Signed & shared 😡

  11. Politicians are the poison NOT the antidote. I hope they will reap what they sow

  12. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    So a gov’t agency is leaving cyanide lying around indiscriminately in nature? That’s either stupid or arrogant, or both. It’s not surprising, though, considering that in the early days, radioactivity was tested on enlisted men in the service.

  13. That’s cruel how would they like to be killed that way. ARSEHOLES

  14. Really??? Who ever came up with this decision, clearly is unfit for that post & must be fired immediately! It is beyond dumb!

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