Date: September 8, 2016 at 3:11:08 PM PDT
Subject: Blumenauer Introduces Legislation to Reduce Unsafe, Inhumane Trapping
We've been working with OR Rep. Blumenauer over the last several months to help develop this legislation.
Nicole L'Esperance, 202-225-4811, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blumenauer Introduces Legislation to Reduce Unsafe, Inhumane Trapping
Lynx in leg held trap
Bobcat in neck trap
. Unfortunately, these traps often subject captured animals to excruciating pain for hours or even days, before they eventually die from dehydration, injuries, or predation, or when the trapper eventually finds them
Coyotes in leg trap
. Additionally, these traps are indiscriminate in their victims, and while intended for certain species or “problem animals,” they may capture – and even kill – companion animals if hidden along popular trails or waterways. Humans also risk being inadvertently caught in poorly placed traps, or attack from distressed captured animals they try to free.
Gray Wolf in leg trap
- First, the bill prohibits officials and contractors of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior – including Wildlife Services and agencies like the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Fish & Wildlife Service – from using or recommending the use of these inhumane traps.
- Second, it prohibits use of these traps on land managed by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior, such as National Forests, Bureau of Land Management land, and National Wildlife Refuges.
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