Started 4 petitions
Rat traps injuring pets and wildlife!
The newer, heavy-duty snap traps, the black plastic rat traps - the ones with interlocking teeth, are very effective in doing what they are intended to - killing rats. But, when placed outdoors, uncovered, these traps pose a serious threat to other animals - birds, opossums, raccoons, skunks, fox, dogs and cats - even deer. These traps are not meant to be placed outdoors where other animals can reach them, but the package labeling and directions are not clear enough. The number of incidents involving non-target animals being caught and maimed in these types of traps has increased in the last few years. See news coverage, HERE. Just in the first week of August 2017, rescuers on the Central Coast of California responded to four separate emergencies involving skunks caught in rat traps. Critter Care Wildlife Center reported getting five or six a week in July. It is time to demand better warning labels on these products! Join us in asking Bell Laboratories and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, leading manufacturers of these types of rat traps, to add warning labels and precautionary statements to product packaging, instructions on use and promotional material, including videos, and require distributors to also display warnings on outdoor use where these products are sold - in stores and online. BACKGROUND On September 16, 2014, in response to an increasing number of animals injured or killed in these types of traps, Wildlife Emergency Services contacted the original manufacturer, Bell Laboratories, asking them to consider adding warning labels to help reduce the number of non-target wildlife injuries. They responded by saying they would look into it. That same year, Scotts Miracle-Gro acquired Tomcat, the consumer brand of rodent traps manufactured by Bell Laboratories. As time went on, more and more animals were being found caught in these spring-loaded traps, including wild birds, like this white crowned sparrow that suffered two broken legs in a trap. Even large animals are at risk. In 2015, a deer was found with one of these traps on its muzzle, preventing it from eating. In March 2016, Wildlife Emergency Services reached out to Bell Laboratories again, and Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, asking them to add a distinct warning label to retail packaging and include safety precautions specific to wildlife, pets and children in marketing sell sheets, wherever instructions for consumers are advertised, and in training material for industry professionals. See the sample labeling WES suggested, HERE. Bell Laboratories made small changes to their products' web page and sell sheet, clarifying non-target exposure and how it can be prevented. See the changes, HERE. We hope they will do more. VIDEOS: Young Skunk v T-Rex Rat Trap Another Skunk In A Rat Trap Again, A Skunk In A Snap Trap Skunk's Paw Severed By Snap Trap Skunk Caught In COVERED Rat Trap Baby Skunk Caught In A Rat Trap Rare spotted skunk caught in boxed snap trap
Approve a statewide ban on bobcat trapping.
It is time to end recreational and commercial trapping of bobcats in California. Right now, the California Fish and Game Commission is amending its bobcat trapping regulations. They have two options - a partial ban or a statewide ban. They will be voting August 5th. Please, sign this petition urging the Commission to approve a statewide ban on bobcat trapping. Pass it on!
Yoplait cups are a hazard to wild animals - they need to go!
Since 1978, when they first appeared on grocery store shelves, General Mills' Yoplait yogurt containers have been killing wildlife. Tempted by the sweet smell, animals stick their heads inside the conical-shaped containers and they get stuck. It's not so much the "vercon" shape of the cup or the size of the opening, but the thin lip, or flange, at the top. How animals get stuck: The design of the cup allows an animal to force its head past the flexible rim, but when it tries to back out, the flange catches on the animal's hide, the back of its skull, or zygomatic arches (cheekbones). Deprived of fresh air, unable to see, unable to eat or drink, these animals suffer tremendously before they perish, if not rescued in time. Join us in asking General Mills to get rid of the flawed cup design that is killing animals. HISTORY This is no news to General Mills. In August 1998, under pressure from animal activists, General Mills added this to the label: Protect Wildlife Crush Cup Before Disposal, placing responsibility for their hazardous packaging onto the consumer. General Mills refused, however, to make the necessary changes to the flawed design, citing: "That design is a key lure for customers, and changing it could harm sales," a spokesperson for General Mills said." Perhaps, we can show them that sales will be harmed if they don't! Take the pledge. 1 ) Don't purchase Yoplait yogurtor General Mills products 2 ) Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to do the same. Want to do more? 1) LIKE us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yoplait.Cups.Kill.Wildlife 2) Send a personal comment to General Mills, HERE. 3) Organize a demonstration, a sit-in, a parade, or a costume party in your area. 4) Video your efforts so we can post them. This petition was inspired by a rescue of a skunk with a Yoplait container on its head. Check out our story and video, HERE. More rescues involving animals stuck in Yoplait containers at our official web site www.noyoplait.com, HERE. Thank you in advance for supporting this call for a change! Rebecca Dmytryk, President and CEOWILDLIFE EMERGENCY SERVICESadmin(at)wildlifeservices(dot)org
Charlton Bonham, Director, Department of Fish and Game: Consider change to mountain lion policies.
At dusk on Friday, November 30th, 2012, two sibling mountain lion cubs, between 5 and 9 months of age, were observed on the 800 block of Correas Street in Half Moon Bay, hiding just a stone's throw away from expansive open space and wild land. According to reports, wardens attempted to shoo the animals away, but, the following day, the animals was spotted again, still together, but this time in someone's backyard. It is unclear what transpired next, but both cubs were shot and killed by wardens, with public safety being cited as the main reason. Public safety must come first, and in cases involving potentially dangerous animals lethal control is understandable. However, circumstances surrounding this particular incident bring into question whether the cubs posed an imminent threat to public safety and if killing the orphans was the most appropriate answer. According to wildlife experts, the cubs were still very dependent on their mother - typically, mountain lion cubs stay with their mother for nearly two years. Their thin body condition could indicate they’d lost her - perhaps she was killed. Experts also explain the cubs’ described behavior - allowing humans to approach, as something that is not so unusual for motherless, starving, or otherwise desperate young, such as these. Because of their age, California wildlife rehabilitators believe the two cubs were excellent candidates for rehabilitation and release. They were not kittens, so there would have been no danger of imprinting. During rehabilitation, they would have received aversion training, making them less likely to ever approach humans. Unfortunately, in California, the rehabilitation of mountain lions is prohibited. This incident highlights the need for California to have at least one facility for the rehabilitation of mountain lions under certain, very specific situations - such as this. This is an appeal to the California Department of Fish and Game to review current policies regarding mountain lions and consider broadening them to encourage communication and collaboration between wardens and outside wildlife specialists before lethal control is used, if and whenever possible, and, additionally, to consider the possibility of licensing at least one mountain lion rehabilitation facility in California.