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Sign this petition and urge Commissioner Louis Porter of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife to ban the use of leg-hold, foothold, and underwater pocket traps for hunting.

The product of fur trapping is easy to see, and has long been vilified as one of the more barbaric corners of fashion. It's easy to find objection with animals being killed and skinned for the profit of design houses. But the inhumanity isn't relegated to a hunter's bullet. Where "foothold" or traditional "leg-hold" traps are used, animals can suffer, starve, and even drown over the course of days, all while unable to move [1].

These traps have been traditionally used by fur trappers, as the mechanism does not harm the majority of the animal's fur. In Vermont, in particular, the usage of these traps is largely unregulated. Animals are commonly found after days of languishing, and often suffering greatly, if not dead [2].

Otters, some of the most intelligent animals in the northeastern U.S., are being drowned and starved to death through the use of these inhumane traps. Even while more and more communities are standing up against their usage — leg-hold and foothold traps are banned in at least 100 countries around the world [3] — the state of Vermont refuses to take notice.

Vermont doesn't have a great record when it comes to enforcing humane hunting practices. In fact, the state Fish and Wildlife Department granted a request to extend the otter hunting season in 2017 [4], granting full permission to use foothold and leg-hold traps. Louis Porter, commissioner of the Fish and Wildlife Department, said an average of 160 otters are killed every year, and as many as 10 more will be trapped during the month-long extension [5].

The extension was prompted by calls of otter overpopulation, but even in neighboring states like Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, where otters are also plentiful, there are regulations in place regarding prohibiting inhumane trapping methods.

It's within the jurisdiction of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commission to set higher standards for hunting, and that includes animals being trapped for their fur. At least 75 percent of Vermont residents oppose leg-hold and body gripping traps [7], and that number is steadily growing with the support of others around the world.

Sign the petition today and put an end to this senseless suffering.

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Dear Commissioner Louis Porter of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife,

Vermont is one of the most beautiful states in our country, with magnificent wildlife and natural features. But while the rest of the world may appreciate the state's beauty, it is hard to look past the cruel practices that pass as otter hunting in Vermont year after year.

Leg-hold and foothold traps, as well as underwater pocket traps, have been banned in at least 100 countries around the world, as well as several U.S. states. It's widely recognized that these devices cause great pain and suffering to the animals that are trapped by them, as they often languish for days before a hunter returns to check the traps.

Many of these animals even resort to chewing off their own limbs, or are found dead after losing blood in the process.

It is within your jurisdiction to set humane standards for hunting, and that includes hunting practices when it comes to animals being trapped for their fur. At least 75 percent of Vermont residents oppose leg-hold and body-gripping traps, and that number is steadily growing with the support of others around the world.

I demand that you ban the use of leg-hold, foothold, and underwater pocket traps today. It's not a matter of solving overpopulation. It's not a matter of protecting business interests. It's a matter of common decency when it comes to proper hunting practices, and it's time to make the humane choice.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Aug 14, 2018 Lacie Smith
Aug 14, 2018 Valerie Kennedy
Aug 14, 2018 Victoria Weibel
Aug 14, 2018 Lyne Undetwood Inhumane stop it now
Aug 14, 2018 Yanni Traverzo
Aug 14, 2018 Melody Graybeal Protect these animals. Don’t let them suffer.
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Patricia Neves
Aug 14, 2018 Wynne Jones
Aug 14, 2018 Catherine Bean Vermont really, I had higher standards for you. Stop killing these animal's. Before you make the biggest mistakes ever. Our ecosystem is so out of whack because of all the species humans have wiped out. Don't add to it.
Aug 14, 2018 Michelle Baldwin
Aug 14, 2018 Ilean Brown
Aug 14, 2018 Jennifer Diaz Let's all get together n help no animal should suffer
Aug 14, 2018 Tana Masciolo
Aug 14, 2018 Nikki Sun
Aug 14, 2018 charmaine duncan
Aug 14, 2018 BERNADETTE MEIER
Aug 14, 2018 maria scangiaterra
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Mike Rossi
Aug 14, 2018 Mary Jane Gates
Aug 14, 2018 Laurie Foster
Aug 14, 2018 Pat Kosky
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Inge Ferdusch
Aug 14, 2018 Chris Wilson
Aug 14, 2018 Reham Mazhar
Aug 13, 2018 Paula Little
Aug 13, 2018 Sheila Roberts
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is so cruel! Please stop trapping these animals its horrific!
Aug 13, 2018 mary ford
Aug 13, 2018 D Lee
Aug 13, 2018 Linda Kilcher
Aug 13, 2018 Bobbi Thien Stop trapping all animals !
Aug 13, 2018 Andrea Tolgyesi
Aug 13, 2018 Courtney Chadney
Aug 13, 2018 Alice Orozco
Aug 13, 2018 Sandra Jimenez
Aug 13, 2018 Patricia Houck
Aug 13, 2018 Pat Haynes Please ban these horrible traps. The suffering these poor animals go through is beyond horrible. Please put an end to these traps.
Aug 13, 2018 Alice O'Connor
Aug 13, 2018 Ruth Rahimi Be humane. Stop this practice!
Aug 13, 2018 Jake Rogers
Aug 13, 2018 Kelly Wasko
Aug 13, 2018 Rochelle Morales
Aug 13, 2018 Michelle Millenacker
Aug 13, 2018 Joelle Badgley
Aug 13, 2018 Lori Manfredi
Aug 13, 2018 Annie Hicks
Aug 13, 2018 Lynn Tompkins

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