Support H.R. 3513: Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org
Born Free USA
Tell your Congressional Representative to SUPPORT H.R. 3513 that would
ban all body-gripping traps — such as snare, Conibear, and steel-jaw leghold
— from being used or possessed on national wildlife refuges (NWRs). The
brutality of these traps is shocking; they can crush limbs and organs, and
animals often remain trapped for days, in massive pain, before dying.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Purpose: This bill would amend the National Wildlife Refuge System
Administration Act of 1966 to prohibit the use or possession of
body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources on 11/15/13.
Action: Please contact your U.S. Representative and urge him/her to
support H.R. 3513. Tell your Representative that wild animals should not be
exploited on the only lands in the United States set aside specifically for
their protection. When the majority of the public visits refuges, they
expect to be safe and to have the opportunity to view animals in abundance,
without the fear of stepping into a body-gripping trap, or having to witness
the pain and suffering of a trapped animal.
Talking Points for your letter:
- Theodore Roosevelt established Pelican Island as the first refuge in
1903 as an “inviolate sanctuary” for the protection of the brown
pelican. The original intent and purpose of subsequent refuges were
clear: the protection of wildlife from exploitation and deliberate harm.
Most Americans still view wildlife refuges as places where wild animals
are protected from human interference. That is in fact the common
definition of the word “refuge.”
- A staggering 54% of the refuges within the National Wildlife Refuge
System (NWRS) allow trapping on refuge grounds. These traps often do not
kill the animal right away, which can remain in the trap for several
days, either starving or slowly strangling to death.
- Because traps do not discriminate, they jeopardize threatened and
endangered species, such as the bald eagle, which are frequently caught
in these traps.
- The majority of people who visit refuges do so to observe wildlife
and enjoy nature. Hikers, birdwatchers, campers, and photographers
should not have to witness the maiming of the very wildlife they have
come to see.
- Trappers already have access to millions of acres of private and
public lands outside the refuges for their activities.
- The NWR system should be managed to carry out its stated mission —
to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat and to offer people an
opportunity to enjoy nature. Trapping should be disallowed on all
refuges as the practice runs contrary to these goals.
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