Federal Bill to Ban Lethal Wildlife Poisons Introduced after Kids Exposed & Three Dogs Killed by M-44 “Cyanide Bombs”

Source:  Predatordefense.org

14-year-old Canyon from Idaho,
pictured with his best friend Kasey,
a 3-year-old lab. They are laying in
one of their favorite spots, behind
Canyon’s back yard, where he
accidentally triggered an M-44
“cyanide bomb” on March 16, 2017.
It killed his dog in front of him.

March 30, 2017 – This month three dogs were killed by M-44 “cyanide bombs” in Wyoming and Idaho. In both cases children were present and put at grave risk of poisoning. This is beyond unacceptable.

M-44s are indiscriminate sodium cyanide ejectors set by USDA Wildlife Services agents and local wildlife agencies for “predator control.” Details | Diagram There is no justifiable excuse for the use of M-44s. It is insane to set poison traps in the great outdoors.

We’ve been pressuring for an M-44 ban since 1990, collaborating with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oreg.). We are thrilled to announce that on March 30 Rep. DeFazio introduced the legislation we’ve been working on in Congress. The bill is called H.R. 1817, “The Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017.” It would ban both lethal M-44 sodium cyanide devices and Compound 1080, which are used unnecessarily by government wildlife agents for predator control.

What we need now is your help to get this legislation passed into law. This is a nonpartisan, public safety issue, and there honestly are no valid arguments against banning wildlife poisons. Learn how to help

Background on March M-44 events

Early in March 2017 we began working with a family in Wyoming who went out for a beautiful pre-spring walk on the prairie–one they’d taken many times before–and lost two dogs in horrifying circumstances.

We’re also spreading the word about the other devastating event in Idaho, where a 14-year-old boy in Pocatello, Idaho accidentally set off an M-44 behind his back yard and watched helplessly as his dog died an excruciating death. The boy had to be hospitalized and is being closely monitored. He and his family are devastated and outraged. Here’s what our executive director, Brooks Fahy, had to say about this case in The Oregonian:

“[The] Idaho poisoning of a dog and the near poisoning of a child is yet another example of what we’ve been saying for decades: M-44s are really nothing more than land mines waiting to go off, no matter if it’s a child, a dog, or a wolf. It’s time to ban these notoriously dangerous devices on all lands across the United States.”

On March 28, 2017, we joined a coalition of environmental and wildlife groups asking for an immediate ban on M-44s in Idaho and removal of all existing devices in the state.

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  1. Well, I would hope that our ridiculous body of politicians could actually pass something like this – BUT look at the regulations they are doing away with every day! Seems doubtful. Maybe if enough people contact enough representatives – the PEOPLE’s feelings will be known.

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  2. Please send a message to YOUR representatives and local media too.
    Here is what I sent (feel free to use any of this you wish):

    Federal legislation to ban completely unnecessary lethal predator control poisons that kill countless pets and innocent animals was introduced in Congress today by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oreg.)! These poisons also hurt humans, and it is truly only a matter of time until a child is killed.
    What I need is for YOU to support this bill. I urge you to support this legislation.
    The bill is called H.R. 1817, “The Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017.” It bans M-44 “cyanide bombs” and Compound 1080.
    Known as M-44 devices, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) division of the USDA deploys these sodium cyanide capsules throughout the West to protect livestock from coyotes, wild dogs, and red and gray foxes.
    M-44s are hollow metal tubes 5 to 7 inches long that are driven into the ground, loaded with 0.9 grams of sodium cyanide and coated with the smelliest bait possible. M-44s are capsules that deliver a fatal dose of poison to the face or inside of the mouth when activated by an animal drawn to the scent, causing suffering no one should have to endure.
    Wildlife Services’ overall kill count was over 2.7 million animals last year — and its cyanide devices alone kill thousands of wild creatures annually, including coyotes, foxes, bobcats, bears, wolves and even pets like Casey.” This is common-sense, nonpartisan legislation and should be supported without resistance as an essential public safety measure by all elected officials. It will also save a considerable amount of taxpayer money.
    These methods are terrorism against innocent people as well as animals.


    • Another suggestion is to go on Popvox & support this bill. This gets to all of your representatives (Reps & Sen.) lets them know exactly how you feel about whats being done. Possibly as helpful as writing directly.


    • I just read the killing list and am horrified. No wonder so many of our wild animals and birds are gone. This needs to go viral and a stop put to these murders of innocent lives.


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