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From 10 Aug 2008 Issue
URGENT: Demand That El Paso County Officials Not Use Cruel Traps to Capture Dogs
PETA has learned that officials in El Paso County, Colorado, have allocated thousands of taxpayer dollars to fund a heartless arrangement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a misguided effort to rid the community of homeless and roaming dogs. The county plans to have the USDA set leghold and snare traps—torturous devices that maim and kill animals—in various locations throughout the community.
Even with "padding," the steel jaws of leghold traps powerfully grip animals, and they don't always get animals by the legs. The traps often clamp down on sensitive parts of animals' bodies, such as their feet, heads, eyes, muzzles, and abdomens. So-called "padded" leghold traps offer nothing more than a thin strip of synthetic material between the steel jaws and the animals' limbs, and padding does not reduce the terror and pain that animals endure when the traps clamp down on them.
Snare traps encircle animals' necks or bodies with wire. As a trapped animal struggles to escape, the loop tightens and slowly strangles the animal. The use of these medieval torture devices cannot be justified under any circumstances. No animal—wild or domestic—should be made to suffer and potentially die in these horrible traps when humane alternatives are widely used and commercially available. Animals can be easily and humanely captured with live traps.
Humane box traps—which are commonly used by animal care and control agencies to capture unsocialized and frightened animals—can be used to capture dogs who cannot be caught with a treat and a leash, an age old method that hasn't even been tried in this case. In addition, El Paso County has an existing contractual agreement with a local humane society that provides animal control services in other areas of the county, and the group's doors are always open to animals in need. But instead, El Paso County has contracted the USDA to torturously trap and cruelly kill homeless dogs.
Please use the form below to contact the El Paso County commissioners today, and demand that this plan be stopped.
Your help is needed now to protect animals in Colorado. El Paso County plans to pay the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set cruel snares and steel-jaw leghold traps—instruments of torture that mercilessly maim and kill animals—to capture homeless and roaming dogs. In a desperate attempt to free themselves from the excruciating pain that these barbaric devices cause, animals often mutilate themselves, break bones, dislocate joints, and slowly choke to death. Traps are indiscriminate, and it's impossible to ensure that cherished companion animals, wildlife (including protected species), and children do not fall victim to the grip of these deadly, unyielding traps.
The use of these medieval torture devices cannot be justified under any circumstances. No animal—wild or domestic—should be made to suffer and potentially die in these horrible traps when humane alternatives are widely used and commercially available. Animals can be easily and humanely captured with live traps.
What You Can Do
Send an e-mail to the El Paso County Commissioners demanding that they immediately end all plans to use these unnecessary and cruel devices. Tell them that using taxpayer dollars to torture animals is unacceptable, and insist that humane alternatives be used to rescue homeless and at-risk dogs in the community.
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Animal Sheltering Advisor
Cruelty Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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