Ban M-44 Cyanide Landmines that Kill Dogs
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The M-44 cyanide landmine is used to protect livestock by killing "predator animals" like coyotes. Using pregnant coyote urine, the bombs attract coyotes but also attract dogs -- between 2000 and 2012 the devices killed more than 1,100 dogs.
Earlier this year, fourteen-year-old Canyon Mansfield was walking his family yellow labrador named Casey on public lands in Idaho. Canyon saw a piece of metal sticking out from the grown and, never thinking there would be a landmine on public lands, he touched it. The M-44 exploded, sending him to the ground and covering him and his dog in cyanide.
Almost immediately, Canyon's beloved dog Casey was "writhing with convulsions, a reddish foam emanating from his mouth. In front of Canyon, the yellow Lab made guttural sounds then went still."
Casey suffered an agonizing death and is only one of many dogs killed by M-44 bombs. It's also only a matter of time before these bombs kill a human being, like Canyon. Congress has a chance to prevent this from happening by passing H.R. 1817, "The Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017, also known as Canyon's Law, which would ban the use of M-44 landmines.
Using cyanide landmines to kill wild animals is reckless, unnecessary, cruel and inefficient. Livestock can be protected without the use of toxic chemical weapons that put families at risk.
Please, sign this petition in support of the The Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017 and help save the lives of not just dogs and other animals, but of people and young children.
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