The National Trappers Association is seriously considering petitioning
the US Postal Service to run a series of stamps commemorating the
contribution of trapping.
The Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee is the body that makes the
decisions on the issuance of special commemorative stamps. Please contact
the Committee and ask that they deny the NTA’s request on the grounds that
trapping is cruelty toward animals and a national embarrassment. Nineteen
countries have banned trapping, and the US Postal Service should not honor
this disgraceful practice by issuing a trapping-themed postage stamp.
Please write to each of the committee members at the address listed
Dr. Virginia M. Noelke, Chairperson;
Dr. C. Douglas Lewis, Vice Chairperson;
Michael R. Brock;
Cary R. Brick;
Meredith J. Davis;
David L. Eynon;
Jean Picker Firstenberg;
John M. Hotchner;
Richard F. Phelps;
Ronald A. Robinson;
Maria E. Santana.
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, D.C. 20260-2437
Please do not honor the petition by the National Trappers Association
to honor trappers and animal trapping with a US postage stamp. Trapping is
one of the most egregious forms of animal cruelty and the practice should
not be recognized in any way.
The widely used steel jaw leghold trap has been deemed inhumane by the
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and been banned in over 88
countries and several US states. It can break bones, tear tendons and
lacerate the skin of the animals unfortunate enough to fall victim to its
deadly jaws. Legally placed traps designed to attract other animals have
trapped companion dogs and cats, and members of endangered and threatened
Animals such as raccoons have been known to gnaw off their feet to
escape the clutches of these barbaric devices, often breaking off their
teeth as they bite at the steel jaws that hold with a vise-like grip. If
an animal is unable to free herself from the trap, she is shot, bludgeoned
or strangled to death by the trapper upon his return, which may legally be
several days later in certain states.
When examining the effect trapping has on its tiny victims (muskrats
killed in traps can weigh less than a pound) it is clear that it is an
inhumane, barbaric practice that has no place in a modern, civilized
society. The practice is a national embarrassment that should be banned
outright, not honored with a postage stamp.
Please do not honor the request of the National Trappers Association in
regards to issuing a stamp commemorating trappers and trapping. Your
response to my concerns will be greatly appreciated.