The Environmental Protection Agency has recently re-authorized the use of controversial chemical traps to kill coyotes, dogs, foxes and other wildlife in the US, saying they are inhuman.
Following a recent interim decision, EPA officials have authorized the use of M-44 devices that trap wildlife with baits before placing sodium cyanide in the mouth and killing it.
The devices "kill thousands of animals inhumanly and indiscriminately each year," the Center for Biodiversity said in a statement on Wednesday. "They also hurt people."
Wildlife Services, the Department of Agriculture's Department of Wildlife Management, is authorized to use the equipment, as are state agencies in South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Texas. Wildlife Services kills a large number of wildlife every year on behalf of farmers and ranchers.
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"The vast majority of the public's comments, including more than 20,000 letters from the enrollment campaign, did not speak out for the continued registration of sodium cyanide predacid (M-44 devices) applications," the EPA wrote in his suggestion. Opponents raised the dangers for residential areas and ecological concerns.