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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8 Comments

  1. Rosie Boyd Rosie Boyd says:

    Fur belongs on animals not humans. End of!

  2. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    This isn’t the caveman era – I think we can keep warm without ripping the fur off ANY ANIMAL(S)!!!

  3. Carmen Rocco says:

    Stop hurting animals.Gready fur hags shave your skin bloody monsters .
    Hope all the evil Scumbags you burn in hell

  4. Brigitte Maria Evans says:

    Stupid Cruel Subhuman Morons – STOP Trapping and Drowning these Innocent Defenseless Otters, Do us all a Favor go and Skin your Own Greedy Worthless Hides !!!!!! A CURSE on all of you human Cowards who Murder Defenseless Animals !!!!!!! There is a Very Special Place in HELL for all of you !!!!!!!!

  5. tera tukey says:

    These BLOOD THIRSTY MEDIEVAL MINDED/MONEY HUNGRY SCUM BAGS NEED TO BE ELIMINATED FROM THE FACE OF THIS EARTH …SO THESE /ALL ANIMALS CAN LIVE THEIR LIVES PEACEFULLY ON THIS EARTH….AS WAS INTENDED BY THEIR MAKER.

  6. Sharon Feldberg says:

    There is no end to what some people will do for greed. All that we as individuals can do is spread the word and boycott these criminals until more humans care.

  7. Linda Cummings says:

    REALLY??!! How much more disgusting has human behavior just gotten with this latest depraved practice?!

  8. ruth Tranquillo says:

    This is really INHUMANE!!!
    So sick and tired of animal abuse for the love of money????

    “BAD KARMA TO ALL OF YOU”

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