Animal Writes
From 16 March 2003 Issue

Animals Have Nothing To Celebrate During Refuge Centennial
From The Fund for Animals - [email protected] 

This Friday, March 14, marks the centennial of the National Wildlife Refuge System. President Theodore Roosevelt, perhaps the most famous hunter of his day, recognized the need for places where animals would be protected from hunting and trapping, and established the first national wildlife refuge in Pelican Island, Florida, in 1903, specifically to protect birds from plume hunters. For half a century, the system was made up of true refuges that protected animals from hunting and trapping. But now, most people would be astonished to learn that hunting and trapping are allowed, even encouraged, on more than half of the nation's 540 national wildlife refuges. As the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System this week, please ask federal officials to restore our national wildlife refuges to their original mission and President Theodore Roosevelt's original vision of protecting wildlife from hunting and trapping.

The Fund for Animals has launched a new web site where you can find more information about this issue, contact federal officials, and look up national wildlife refuges in your area to find out whether they allow hunting and trapping. To find out more, please visit: 

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