Target: Catherine Gjessing, General Counsel of Vermont Fish and Wildlife
Goal: Stop trapping and killing otters.
Otters are social and intelligent animals that are unfortunately still hunted heavily for their unique fur. In Vermont, trappers are allowed to set traps underwater that cause the animal to drown. It is time to stop profiting off of dead animals.
Trappers often use body-grip, leg-hold, foot-hold, and most commonly Conibear and pocket set traps in order to obtain otters. Conibear traps are placed underwater and cause otters to drown. This terrifying ordeal can last up to eight minutes. Pocket set traps are full body traps that slam down on the animal but do not necessarily cause a quick death. Most traps lead to agonizing deaths or incredibly painful injuries. The event is so stressful and scary that animals have been known to chew off their own limbs in order to escape.
Sign this petition and demand that Vermont lawmakers ban otter trapping. No animal should be killed for human greed.
Dear Ms. Gjessing,
Unfortunately due to otters’ unique fur, these social and intelligent animals are trapped and killed in order for people to make a quick buck. It is time to stop exploiting and killing animals for profit.
Trapping is an incredibly stressful and scary situation for animals and often leads to capturing non-targeted wildlife including dogs, cats and endangered species. It is not uncommon for animals to chew off limbs in order to escape these traps. Otters even face the threat of underwater traps, which lead to a long, agonizing death by drowning. Seventy-five percent of people from Vermont want to ban this cruelty, and it is time you listen to your people.
Please consider putting an end to trapping otters and banning it completely. Fur is not a necessity and should not be treated as such. Please let these otters live out the life nature intended.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Joe Robertson