Do Not Trap Wildlife on Protected Lands

Body Gripping Trap

Target: John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Goal: Stop trapping animals in areas where they are supposed to be protected.

Catching animals with body gripping traps on national wildlife refuges may soon be illegal. Still, the proposed bill needs to have as much support as possible in order to save numerous animals from dying slow and painful deaths.

Currently, people can use these traps in 54 percent of refuges in the NWRS (National Wildlife Refuge System). Unfortunately, when an animal becomes trapped, they oftentimes die from either going hungry, or by means of their organs being slowly crushed. Animals usually suffer for days before finally submitting to death.

Body gripping traps also catch animals they are not intended to catch, including threatened and endangered species. When this happens, animals are in danger of becoming extinct at a much faster rate.

The intentions for all lands placed in the NWRS has always been to maintain the protections of both those lands and the animals that occupy them. Therefore, allowing these traps to be used on such lands is both hypocritical and ludicrous. Sign this petition to let government officials know that these traps should no longer be used on national wildlife refuges. If this bill does not gain needed support, many more animals will suffer agonizing and horrific deaths.


Dear Representative Boehner,

Recently, a bill was introduced to Congress that would no longer allow people to kill animals with body gripping traps in any lands belonging to the NWRS (National Wildlife Refuge System). It is important that this bill is passed so that thriving animals living on protected lands remain unharmed.

Surprisingly, it is legal to use body gripping traps in 54 percent of lands that are designated as national wildlife refuges. Sadly, once trapped, an animal usually does not die instantly, but suffers for days as it is slowly strangled by the cold, sharp and unforgiving metal.

Besides catching animals that some people deem as pests, these vicious traps also catch animals that the traps were never intended to catch, such as endangered bald eagles. This fact alone should make it illegal to use these types of traps on any lands designated as national wildlife refuges, as the whole point of these lands having ever been established was so that both the particular lands and the animals living on those lands would be protected.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to support the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act. If we continue to kill the animals that live on these lands, there will likely soon be nothing left to protect.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Leave the animals alone and let them live — STOP WITH THE TRAPPING, THE SNARING, THE HUNTING, THE KILLING — let them live — they have every right to live — do NOT take this right away from them!

  2. Why can’t we coexist with the animals? Leave them alone, they were put here to take care of & what happened to that?

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