Punish Perps Who Use Painful Steel-Jaw Death Traps to Ensnare Animals

Target: Eleni Kounalakis, President of the California State Senate

Goal: Make use of deadly fur trapping devices a felony offense.

A playful coyote pup’s curiosity allegedly cost him his life. A teenager discovered the crying animal ensnared by the foot in an illegal steel-jaw trap: a torturous device where the poor pup allegedly spent over 24 agonizing hours. Tragically, the animal’s reported injuries were so severe that he had to be euthanized. Richard David Wallem now faces felony animal cruelty charges in relation to the pup’s death, but this horrific case exposes a fundamental flaw in the region’s approach to animal cruelty.

Wallem only faces felony charges because his alleged stetting of the trap led to a death. This suspect has a separate charge for “using a trap with saw-toothed or spiked jaws to take fur-bearing mammals,” according to the district attorney’s office of Los Angeles County: the scene of the reported crime. Yet this apparent action only merited misdemeanor charges. The very act of seemingly setting a malicious death trap with full knowledge of the likely consequences should invoke an immediate felony charge as well.

Sign the petition below to urge California to close this dangerous loophole that lets alleged animal abusers off the hook.


Dear Ms. Kounalakis,

A man in Los Angeles County has been charged with the death of a coyote pup. This young animal reportedly spent an entire day trapped in a horribly painful and illegal steel-jaw device before being rescued and ultimately euthanized. Regardless of whether or not the pup died, this alleged act of inhumanity should receive the full measure of punishment.

The felony charges in this case only arise from the death, however. The fact that this man reportedly willfully broke the law and set a torturous trap that could have ensnared any animal or perhaps even an unwitting person just netted misdemeanor charges. If the pup had not died as a result of his apparent injuries, this alleged abuser may have gotten off with essentially a slap on the wrist.

California made headlines as the first state to ban fur trapping.  Now you must do better in forcefully enforcing this law and protecting the state’s innocent and vulnerable living beings. Please amend the law to make possession and use of these death traps a felony offense.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chris Pawluk



  1. Muriel Servaege says:

    Stop the cruelty! The little animal was a BEING and didn’t deserve such a horrible fate.

  2. Linda Cummings says:

    Put these soulless son’s of bitches in one of these traps for a few days to let them know exactly how it feels.

  3. sylvia vegas says:

    Damn those ill-born bastads!

  4. Gabriela Torres says:

    Dear Ms. Kounalakis,

    Animal cruelty is now officially banned across the United States, as President Trump has signed the federal document.
    Don’t wait any longer to exercise justice – human monsters like him don’t deserve to even be alive!
    Thank you!

  5. Animal abusers internationally must have the death penalty implemented.

  6. Animal abusers internationally must have the death penalty performed. I am ready, willing and able to help perform this procedure!

  7. How about making the manufacture and/or sale of inhumane traps of any sort being made illegal – with punitive fines or prison for offenders?

  8. Manuela Lopez says:

    It’s enough to kill any animal.
    Who do we think we are?????
    We killing ourself with each animal that’s been killed.

    People seem not to understand this.

    They are cone so are we.

    What ever is left in the animal world will eat us alive.

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