Stop Drowning Otters for Their Fur

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Joe Robertson

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79 Comments

  1. THE ONLY GOOD TRAPPER IS A DEAD ONE! ALL TRAPPERS ARE VILE AND EVIL!

  2. DEE DEE SMITH says:

    The cruel exploitation and torture of animals by trappers is a barbaric practice that should be eliminated in the 21st century.

  3. I hate fur and i hate the people that make cruelty fur and the person wear it!
    Bruatality is not fashionable.

  4. Michelle Larose says:

    Boycotting Vermont. This is the 21st century, stop this barbaric practice. What is wrong with you people? The torture of animals is considered psychopathic behaviour and I couldn’t agree more! The fact that the state enables it to take place is disgusting and a clear indication of the kind of people in charge.

  5. Every Stinking Day & night for ALL TOO MANY DECADES, another SPECIES, another ANIMAL becomes another VICTIM of PAIN & SUFFERING & CRUELTY & BARBARIC, SADISTIC ACTS Against them FOR MONEY!! ENOUGH..When WILL IT EVER BE ENOUGH?? EVERY ANIMAL, & Even too many HUMANS Continue to FALL VICTIM to those of THE “SUB SPECIES” who’ll Literally DO ANYTHING TO ANYONE OR THING FOR MONEY, A TROPHY, A SICK DEMENTED THRILL, because these are NOT Humans these are a SUB SPECIES of A HUMAN who’ve ALWAYS BEEN AMONG US Since TIME ITSELF..BEGAN..they are COMPLETELY VOID OF A HEART, SOUL, COMPASSION, CONSCIENCE & EVERY ONE IS A GREEDY, SELFISH COWARD!..These are also ALWAYS THOSE DIRECTLY..”RESPONSIBLE” FOR ALL THE PAIN & SUFFERING & CRUELTY OF ALL BEINGS, & ALL INNOCENTS< which ARE..ALL ANIMALS, & ALL CHILDREN..PERIOD..FREE WILL Causes & Determines WHICH WAY ONE WILL GO..& What they'll BECOME. SICK OF BEING THIS "AGE" & Knowing, NOTHING HAS OR WILL EVER CHANGE when it comes to the PAIN & SUFFERING & CRUELTY OF ALL BEINGS Unable to DEFEND, PROTECT & SPEAK UP & OUT TO SAVE..THEMSELVES..THEY HAVE NO VOICE, WE ACT OR THEY CONTINUE TO DIE, & NO, NOT Just Talking about OTTERS, ALL ANIMALS & ALL..INNOCENTS..PAY THE "ULTIMATE PRICES"..SICK..CHANGE OR NO CHANGE WILL EVER COME..ALL THINGS WILL REMAIN AS THEY'VE ALWAYS..BEEN..Centuries Long..So Disappointing to know.

  6. Reading this, I thought this was happening in somewhere like China, but in Canada.

    You have got to be kidding me – Does the country really allow this to go one.

    Shame on everyone involved. Hope you drown while trapping. The only good trapper is a dead trapper.

  7. Cathy hayes says:

    In Vermont of all places? The fur industry is an ugly business and those that fuel this industry are also very ugly people…from the trappers, to the policy makers down to the consumer. And Vermont! Shame on you.
    Well, it looks like we will be boycotting your great maple syrup. We can’t support a State that allows this type of cruelty to continue. Shameful.

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