Wildlife Emergency Services

144,692 Supporters

Started 5 petitions

Petitioning Bell Labs

Scotts Miracle-Gro snap traps are killing wildlife!

  The newer rat snap traps, the black plastic ones with interlocking teeth, are very effective in doing what they are intended to do - killing rats. But, when placed outdoors, uncovered, or in open crawlspaces, these traps pose a serious threat to other animals - wild birds, opossums, raccoons, skunks, fox, dogs and cats - even deer. The number of non-target animals injured or killed by these traps has increased significantly in recent years. We've contacted the makers of these traps, Bell Laboratories and Scotts Miracle-Gro, asking them to:  - Add a distinct warning label to retail packaging. - Include safety precautions specific to wildlife, pets and children in: marketing sell sheets wherever instructions for consumers are advertised in training material for industry professionals See sample labeling and language HERE. We are very pleased with the response from Bell Laboratories. Bell Labs produces snap traps for the professional market. As of March 22, they made changes to the product's web page and sell sheet, clarifying non-target exposure and how it can be prevented. See the changes, HERE. Please, sign this petition asking Scotts Miracle-Gro to add warning labels and precautionary statements regarding risk to non-target animals to their product's packaging and promotional material. SCROLL FOR VIDEOS BACKGROUND On September 16, 2014, in response to an increased 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 Labs. 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. See the news coverage, HERE. Most wild mammal species are protected by state and federal regulations. Most wild birds are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which prohibits the take - the injuring or killing of any migratory bird. Under the Endangered Species Act, unauthorized take of any listed bird or mammal can result in a violation of the ESA with fines reaching up to $50,000 per take. ESA also contains a citizen suit provision, allowing the public to initiate litigation to address alleged violations of the Act. It would seem, then, once aware of the issue, failure of a company to take action to reduce the likelihood of death or injury to protected species from misuse of its product(s) could result in violations for which the manufacturer, distributor, retailer or even the consumer could be held responsible.  Please, help put pressure on Scotts Miracle-Gro to take responsibility and help protect our children, wildlife and pets. VIDEOS: Growing Number Of Skunks Caught In Rat Traps - CBS News 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

Wildlife Emergency Services
1,617 supporters
Petitioning Kelly Boyd (Laguna Beach City Council), Steve Dicterow, Toni Iseman, Bob Whalen, Rob Zur Schmiede

Laguna Beach, stop year-round killing of coyotes!

USING CITY FUNDS TO KILL WILDLIFE  On January 12, 2016, the Laguna Beach City Council voted and approved (4-1) allocation of at least $30,000.00 of taxpayer money toward year-round coyote trapping and killing, believing this will result in safer conditions for small pets. It will not. No matter how many coyotes are exterminated, more will move into the vacant territory - it will never be safe to leave small pets outdoors or walk small pets without taking precautions.       VIOLATING STATE LAW To date, the City of Laguna Beach maintains the contractor employed to trap and kill the coyotes is within the law, setting traps within 150 yards of homes without those homeowners' written consent.  This is a violation of the California Code of Regulations Title 14 Section 465.5 (g)(3), which requires the trapper receive written consent of neighboring homeowners before setting a trap. Laguna Beach steps up effort to trap, kill coyotes despite animal advocates' claims that city is violating state law   RISK TO OTHER ANIMALS AND PETS Trapping is indiscriminate. Pets and other wild animals, such as bobcats and fox have been snared and strangled in traps meant for coyotes. Coyote snare traps called inhumane, L.A. councilman wants to ban them Video of an animal control officer attempting to release a coyote from a snare     COYOTES ARE GASSED - BARBARIC AND INHUMANE  Critter Busters uses a 'mobile gas chamber' to kill captured coyotes using CO2, claiming it is humane and an 'approved' method for killing. Approved for small animals, the use of carbon dioxide on large animals can cause pain and suffering. Seal Beach Councilman Mike Levitt regretted approving the contract with Critter Busters when he realized the animals suffered, "I found out [afterward] that the animal does not go to sleep. There are spasms. They choke." In 2013, the American Veterinary Medical Association changed their approval of CO2 gas to 'acceptable with conditions'. The European Food Safety Authority and the World Society for the Protection of Animals consider CO2 an unacceptable method for euthanasia. Seal Beach Decides Its Coyote-Killing Mobile Gas Chambers Are Kinda Creepy The Gas Chamber Debate Not Acceptable     THERE IS A BETTER WAY  Attempts to reduce the coyote population in Laguna Beach will be short-lived as coyotes from the surrounding area will move into the habitat. When they are exterminated, new ones will move in.  So, the answer is not to try to control coyote populations, but to manage the habitat - the neighborhoods, to make them less attractive, less hospitable. The long-term answer is for residents to learn how to live safely and respectfully with neighboring wildlife. We propose the City of Laguna Beach adopt a Coyote Management Plan similar to the one adopted by the City of Calabasas, where lethal control is used only when a human is threatened or injured by a coyote. Coyote Management Plan Year-round coyote trapping and killing is not the answer!    

Wildlife Emergency Services
6,232 supporters
Petitioning California Fish and Game Commission

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!

Wildlife Emergency Services
3,556 supporters
Petitioning General Mills

Protect wildlife - remove the inside flange from Yoplait containers.

Since 1978, when they first appeared on grocery store shelves, General Mills' Yoplait yogurt containers have been killing wildlife, perhaps thousands of animals each year. Tempted by the sweet smell, animals stick their heads inside the conical-shaped containers to lick the bottom, and they get stuck.  It's not so much the "vercon" shape of the cup or the size of the opening (5.25"), but the thin lip, or flange, at the top that angles in, not out. 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 and die if not rescued in time. 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. Sign this petition if you're willing to: 1 ) Not purchase Yoplait yogurt, especially in the harmful funnel-shaped cups. 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 recent rescue of a skunk with a Yoplait container on its head. Check out our story and video, HERE.   Our official web site for this campaign is www.noyoplait.com, HERE. Thank you in advance for supporting this call for a change! Rebecca Dmytryk, President and CEO WILDLIFE EMERGENCY SERVICES admin(at)wildlifeservices(dot)org

Wildlife Emergency Services
131,879 supporters
Petitioning Director Charlton Bonham

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.

Wildlife Emergency Services
1,408 supporters