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Let’s Make Our Public Lands Trap-Free

Ask your elected officials to co-sponsor life-saving legislation

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Dear Guardian,

bald eagle pc adobe stockDangerous and indiscriminate traps set by private individuals and federal employees litter our public lands, threatening imperiled wildlife and our companion animals along with targeted species.

River otters, lynx, eagles, fox, porcupine, dogs and countless other beautiful animals are ensnared in traps meant for other animals.

Recently, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced a bill that will save thousands of animals from painful deaths. The “Limiting Inhumane Federal Trapping (LIFT) for Public Safety Act” (H.R. 5954) will ban almost all trapping on our public lands, including prohibiting federal employees from using inhumane and indiscriminate “body-gripping” traps.

Join us in asking our elected representatives to co-sponsor this important bill.

These traps—including steel-jaw traps, leghold traps, snares and body-crushing traps—cause immense suffering. Restraining traps cause injuries, exposure, dehydration and mental stress, and even animals released alive may later die from their injuries. Kill-type traps often misfire and cause lingering, inhumane deaths.

This bill is a huge step forward in reining in the rogue federal wildlife-killing program, Wildlife Services, because it would prohibit the program—as well as the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—from using or recommending the use of cruel traps.

The bill also bans the use of traps on public lands managed by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture including our national forests, national wildlife refuges and lands managed by the BLM.

It is long past time to ban the barbaric and indiscriminate practice of trapping. This bill is an important step toward making our public lands trap-free.

Write your Senators and Representative today and voice your support for banning cruel traps.

For the wild,

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Bethany Cotton
Wildlife Program Director
WildEarth Guardians



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