Stop cruel trapping today!
Body-gripping and body-crushing traps and snares are inherently cruel. While body-crushing traps may be intended to kill instantly, they do so inconsistently and can subject the animal to unimaginable suffering. Leghold traps can cause excruciating pain when triggered and tear flesh, cut tendons and ligaments and break bones. When animals struggle to free themselves, they may dislocate joints, break teeth or even chew or twist off a limb in their desperate attempts to escape, or can be left suffering for hours or even days before the trapper returns to kill them.
Snare traps, made of a wire or cable loop, can become deeply embedded in an animal's skin, causing lacerations and tissue damage, and result in pain, injury and even death. Animals captured in snares are known to frantically chew on the cable and on their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves.
These traps are also indiscriminate, and often capture, maim and kill non-target wildlife and companion animals without warning. While Congress doesn’t have the authority to stop trapping everywhere, they can end the use of these dangerous devices on National Wildlife Refuge lands, which are supported by American taxpayer dollars and visited by millions of people every year.
Contact your House member to urge their support of H.R. 4716, the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act.