Target: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK
Goal: Ban snare traps that cause animals to suffer for days before dying agonizing deaths.
Thousands of animals die slow and painful deaths each year in the UK after getting caught in snare traps. If they are not banned, many animals will experience endless suffering before finally meeting their demise.
Unfortunately, an animal can suffer for days before it finally dies. For example, when an animal gets caught in a body trap the animal’s cervical spine snaps. If the animal does not die instantly it struggles hopelessly to free itself, while often times crushing organs and breaking bones until it eventually suffocates. Ironically, there is a UK law that states it is illegal to use these traps for the purpose of harming animals.
Advocates of the devices argue that it is important to trap certain animals so they don’t spread disease to human populations. However, since animals that have rabies get to a point where they don’t eat, these traps are unsuccessful in catching a significant amount of animals that carry this disease. On the contrary, healthy animals that were previously caught in traps can spread disease, since many animals that are not immune to becoming sick are attracted to the new prey.
Another law in the UK states that people are not allowed to catch deer, birds or badgers using snare devices. However, snare traps catch all animals that accidentally encounter them, including beloved pets and endangered species.
Sign this petition and tell the UK government that their laws already insinuate these traps are illegal, since people cannot use them to unbiasedly and humanely trap animals. Furthermore, maybe people who advocate for such inhumanity should try these traps out on themselves and then see just how much fun it is to suffer as they try to break free.
Dear Prime Minister Cameron,
Snare traps ensure that thousands of animals die slow and painful deaths each year in the UK. If something is not done to stop this, many more animals will greatly suffer before death becomes the only humane option.
An animal sometimes struggles for days until its organs become completely crushed, or until several of its bones break. In fact, death by suffocation comes much too late. Surprisingly, a UK law exists that says it is illegal to use these traps to cause animals suffering. However, clearly suffering is unavoidable when these horrific traps are used.
Food placed inside or near traps also does not usually attract animals that have rabies, since animals do not eat at the end stages of having this disease. Yet creatures that have died in traps can attract animals that are not immune to diseases, and in turn spread these diseases to both animal and human populations.
Another UK law states that people are not allowed to trap deer, birds or badgers with snare traps. However, these traps do not discriminate against which animals they catch. Unfortunately, many pets and even endangered species also die from the use of these inhumane devices.
Using snare traps is illegal in over eighty countries, as people are now finally beginning to realize how much suffering they truly cause to animals. For all of these reasons I urge you to outlaw snare traps in the UK. No animal deserves to die a slow and agonizing death at the hands of a heartless human being.
[Your Name Here]
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