Stop the Use of Cyanide Land Mines That Kill Wildlife
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Stop the Use of Cyanide Land Mines That Kill Wildlife


Days after a young male wolf died a brutal death in Oregon earlier this year, a "cyanide bomb" like the one that killed him claimed more victims. Canyon, a 14-year old boy out for a walk with the family's Labrador retriever, inadvertently triggered the deadly device, which blasted cyanide that blinded him and killed his beloved dog.

Known as M-44s, these sweet-smelling capsules deliver a fatal dose of poison to the face or inside the mouth when activated by an animal drawn to the scent, causing immense suffering. M-44s are typically stuck in the ground out in the wild — where anything or anyone might find them, making them indiscriminate killers.

USDA's Wildlife Services kills thousands of animals a year with these devices. A coyote is poisoned to death by an M-44 once every 40 minutes — that's more than 13,000 coyotes a year.

With intentional and accidental deaths stacking up, the Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to outlaw their use.

Using the form on this page, tell the EPA to protect pets, people and wildlife by immediately banning the use of M-44 cyanide traps nationwide.

Please take action by Jan. 22, 2018.

Original photo of coyote courtesy USFWS.

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