Outlaw Brutal Animal Traps

Target: The Honorable Michael J. Newman, Commonwealth’s Attorney of Danville, Virginia

Goal: Ban steel traps that mutilate and kill wildlife, pets, and stray animals

When the Danville Area Humane Society received a call stating that an officer had found a cat in a trap, everyone expected the animal to have gotten stuck inside a humane cage-like device. The actual scene was grislier; mangled inside a steel body-gripping trap designed to keep groundhogs still while being transported, the cat suffered severe organ damage and internal bleeding. Sadly, it had to be euthanized. Join the Humane Society’s executive director Paulette Dean in demanding that these cruel traps be banned.

The Conibear traps that killed this innocent companion animal were allegedly designed to be humane, but the way they operate tells a different story. The traps snap shut when an animal wanders into them, applying 90 pounds of pressure per square inch. Many animals, wild and domesticated, suffocate in the steel jaws or slowly die of internal injuries.

Ever since Danville deferred wildlife trapping duties from its police department to a list of local, state-licensed trappers, the kinds of traps used have been more difficult to regulate. Instead of humane, live-capture traps, many trappers employ body-gripping traps and steel-jaw leg traps. These cruel devices cause countless animals to suffer grievous injuries and excruciating pain. In some cases, they even lose their lives.

No pet owner should have to fear this kind of brutality in their hometown. Call on the government of Danville, Virginia to put an end to these barbaric animal trapping practices.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Michael J. Newman,

Countless animals have lost their limbs and even their lives to the brutal steel traps set by independent animal trappers in Danville. Both steel-jaw leg traps and body-gripping Conibear traps remain legal despite the suffering they cause. Recently, a cat who wandered into a steel body-gripping trap intended for groundhogs had to be euthanized following severe internal injuries.

Pet owners of Danville shouldn’t have to fear mutilation, pain, and suffering for their companions. These cruel devices have already caused too much harm. It’s time to make the city of Danville a safe, humane place for all living creatures. I urge you to ban these barbaric steel traps.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: ScottSloe via Wikimedia Commons

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6 Comments

  1. J Davidson says:

    All trapping must be stopped. what’s wrong with the human race to impose this on any living beings?

  2. Marilyn Arnest says:

    I want to make these hideous traps illegal. Too many animals suffer horribly before they finally die. This is beyond cruel and should be stopped.

  3. BAN THESE TRAPS NOW= NO ANIMAL DESERVES THIS.

  4. Every day another horrendouse practice comes to light; not just here but around the world. This is done by people who have no empathy for the suffering of living, breathing, feeling, loving animals who do nothing to harm them. I am so tired of feeling sick to my stomach everyday when a new atrocity is unearthed. If we do nothing about this, we are just as quilty of abuse by letting it go on . . .

  5. very day another horrendouse practice comes to light; not just here but around the world. This is done by people who have no empathy for the suffering of living, breathing, feeling, loving animals who do nothing to harm them. I am so tired of feeling sick to my stomach everyday when a new atrocity is unearthed. If we do nothing about this, we are just as quilty of abuse by letting it go on . . .

  6. draya bloxam draya bloxam says:

    I live in Canada and i think this needs to be enforced here especially. My neighbour had been walking her dog on her trail she had made on her property the dog got stuck in a snare trap someone had set up on her property with no permission and no warning. She tried very hard to free the dog from the trap unfortunately the more the dog struggled and the more she tried to free the trap the tighter and tighter the snare became around the dogs neck. Sadly her beloved dog died in her arms, no one came to confess to setting the trap illegally so no one was able to be charged. But my neighbour had to suffer her loss. What scared her more is that she could have stepped in the trap or her child could have set it off and how does she know that’s the only trap that was set how does she know the person will not.come back to set up more?

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