Ban Animal Traps on Public Land

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Target: Wyoming Governor Matt Mead

Goal: Ban using animal traps on public land to protect innocent, non-targeted animals and humans from injury and death.

Tens of thousands of unhunted animals are accidentally trapped each year in Wyoming alone, and the number is rising. Wyoming is seeing a large growth in hunting license applications, which ultimately means more traps on public lands.

These traps, some of which designed to kill instantly, pose a threat to innocent animals. While hunters are not allowed to keep the trapped non-targeted animals, such as dogs, they are also not required to report them to their owners or the local Game and Fish Department. It is also illegal to tamper with a trap that belongs to another hunter, including freeing a trapped animal, domestic or otherwise.

Hunters have no quotas on the number of animals they can legally harvest, severely threatening the bobcat population. Bobcats are often hunted for their furs and pelts to be sold overseas as part of a growing fashion trend. By not restricting the number of animals each hunter harvests, bobcats could quickly become endangered throughout Wyoming.

The most common trap used by hunters–the leg hold trap–has been deemed inhumane by multiple groups, including the American Veterinary Medical Association. These traps are allowed on public lands, including in the middle of hiking trails. This compromises the safety of humans, domestic animals and other wildlife who are enjoying the natural world and deserve to do so without fear of pain and injury.

Ban trapping on public lands and protect people and non-targeted animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Mead,

The tradition of allowing traps on public lands must be stopped for the safety of humans, domestic animals and wildlife populations. Public lands are for everyone’s use as a way to enjoy the natural world. The fact that metal traps designed to maim, injure and kill are allowed in the middle of hiking trails is deplorable and a severe threat to many.

Tens of thousands of non-targeted animals, such as domestic dogs, are trapped and killed in Wyoming each year. It is illegal to tamper with a hunter’s trap and hunters are not required to report the deaths and injuries of domestic animals, ignoring the rights of the harmless animals and their owners. The most common trap clamps the leg of the animal and has been labeled inhumane by a number of organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, yet is still permitted for use in heavily trafficked areas.

The absence of hunting quotas and vague harvest reporting by hunters threatens many wildlife populations across Wyoming, specifically bobcats. Bobcats are becoming widely hunted due to their valuable pelts, and the lack of restrictions could easily devastate their dwindling population.

Please act to ban trapping on public lands. The people of Wyoming, domestic animals and wildlife populations deserve better than dangerous hiking trails, inhumane traps and the threat of endangerment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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10 Comments

  1. michael guest says:

    Enough is enough! This has been going on too long. Traps pose big threats not just to wildlife, but also to dogs, pets and people. They can be lethal and deadly. It’s time to take action and get all traps banned on public lands for good. The wildlife, along with domestic animals and people deserve better. Get this done now.

  2. THIS IS SUCH A VILE THING TO STILL BE GOING ON, AND WHY, JUST THINK OF THESE POOR ANIMALS THAT ACTUALLY GET CAUGHT IN THEM WHAT A SICKENING WAY FOR THEM TO DIE, AS WELL AS BEING A SLOW DEATH, I JUST WISH THE PEOPLE THAT PUT THEM OUT COULD GET CAUGHT IN ONE THEY COULD NOT GET OUT OF, JUST TO GET THE FEELING, SICK LOW LIFE.

  3. Nancy Dunlap says:

    This is an barbaric and archaic practice that must stop now.
    Governor Mead you can stop this!

  4. These animal traps MUST be removed & banned FOREVER — the cruel suffering these traps inflict on animals is beyond the pale — get rid of the monstrous & idiotic traps once & for all!

  5. Celeste H. says:

    I agree with the other commenters, and I cannot comprehend why
    these traps are allowed anywhere at all — since when is it
    okay to totally ignore cruelty? What is wrong with lawmakers
    who are not fighting against this, and standing up to say,
    ‘Sorry people, you can’t be allowed to just go around killing
    animals for their fur!’ America has a serious problem, to be
    allowing this kind of cruelty — no animal deserves to die
    this way, and humans should not have free license to do this….Most child molesters go to prison, and I’m sorry if
    some people don’t understand the comparison… But after
    reading “Saving The White Lions” by Linda Tucker, and hear-
    ing the comments from guys who raise lions in captivity to
    be shot by wealthy people with guns (canned hunting), you
    start to see similar mentalities, among people who kill ani-
    mals for their fur and as trophies…. It truly is like
    child prostitution, only it’s not seen as such by author-
    ities…. I’m not against humane and respectful hunters who
    are only killing for honest use of deer or elk meat…. But
    traps and fur farms and canned hunting all fall into the
    extremely cruel category, and we as decent human beings
    should clearly understand the difference, God help us All
    (but especially the innocent victims)….As the Carpenters
    once said, “Bless the beasts and the children…. For in
    this world, they have no voice… They have no choice….”

  6. must ban any trapping of any great animal now.

  7. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    I’ve spent a bit of time in Wyoming. I’m not surprised. They still think it’s 1886.

  8. Phyllis Richardson says:

    I have never been to Wyoming,but anywhere trapping still goes on I don’t want to go there.This is beyond cruel,and needs to be against the law everywhere!

  9. TRAPPING IS A SLOW AND HORRIFICALLY PAINFUL WAY FOR ANY ANIMAL TO DIE AND IT SHOULD BE BANNED EVERYWHERE. WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO KILL ANY ANIMAL THIS WAY??? STOP TRAPPING NOW!!

  10. Natasha polychuk says:

    goddamn hicks!!!!!!!!!!1

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