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NY - Leghold Trap catches cats

Sent to the Buffalo News LetterToEditor@buffnews.com

09/09/07

To The Editor:

Those concerned with the humane treatment of animals have been saddened by the reports of domestic cats caught in leghold traps in the towns of Niagara and Lewiston.

Steel-jaw leghold traps have been banned in eighty-nine countries for their tendency to break bones and tear the tendons of the animals they victimize. No trapper can prevent domestic dogs and cats from being caught since the traps catch whatever animal triggers them.

The Bureau of Wildlife within the Department of Environmental Conservation profits from the gruesome trade, since it is funded through the sale of trapping licenses and the collection of excise taxes affixed to the cost of traps and equipment.

This violence committed against animals is easily replaced by wildlife watching, which according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has increased in popularity by 6.5% in the past decade. Letís replace the taxes on weapons and hunting/trapping equipment with a tax on equipment used by wildlife watchers. The funds can be used to protect and preserve wildlife and the areas where they live, making the need to depend on trapping and violence obsolete. To protect wildlife and the areas where they live please visit www.wildwatch.org.

Joe Miele, Vice President
Wildlife Watch, Inc.

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