By Keith Sanderson
According to Born Free USA and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), “A staggering 54 percent of the refuges within the National Wildlife Refuge System allow trapping on refuge grounds.”
Both Born Free USA and HSUS urge that legislation be passed that bans the possession of devices such as snare traps, steel jaw leghold traps, and other body gripping traps at all National Wild Life Refuges.
The reason why these inhumane devices should be banned is evident by the picture of the bobcat that is painfully held in the steel jaws of a leghold trap that accompanies this article. The pain and suffering this and countless other trapped animals endure each year at so-called National Wildlife Refuges is disturbing to think about.
Referring to animals that are trapped in body gripping traps, Adam Roberts, Born Free executive vice president stated “These animals often remain trapped for days before starving or dying from exposure and massive pain. It is inexcusable to subject any animal to such a fate on lands intended for their preservation.”
Animals that are not of the species a trapper is targeting are frequently caught by accident in body gripping traps. The animals caught by accident may be endangered species, animals that are not considered worth trapping by trappers, or even domestic cats and dogs. .
Michael Markarian, Chief Program and Policy Officer for The Humane Society of the United States says “National Wildlife Refuges should be places of refuge for animals and the public, and the commercial trapping of animals for their fur pelts is inconsistent with that goal,”
That is why Born Free USA and HSUS support the Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act (HR 3513) that is being reintroduced by U.S Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY).
Animal advocates who support this bill should contact their Congressional Representatives and let them know they are against the use of body-gripping traps in our National Wildlife Refuges and support bill HR 3513. If you don’t have the email address of your local representative you can find contact information at Find Your Representative.