Trapping is one of the cruelest ways to kill an animal. Their bodies are pinned down, crushed, and mutilated as the poor beings try unsuccessfully to wriggle away — often gnawing off their own limbs in their desperation to escape. All sorts of creatures can wind up caught by body-gripping traps (or “Conibear” traps) and other devices, including wolves, foxes, pet dogs and cats, and even human children. Fortunately, members of Congress have recently introduced the Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act, and it’s imperative that this bill is passed now!
The Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act would apply to the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), a type of federal public lands. Under this bill, all use and even possession of body-gripping traps would be banned, except for when officials are attempting to manage wildlife. Currently, more than half of the 568 refuges inside the U.S. still allow trapping. These inhumane, exceedingly cruel contraptions have no place on public lands. Sign the petition to urge Congress to pass the Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act and ban body-gripping traps from being used on national wildlife refuges!