Target: Paul M. Kienzle III, Chairman of the New Mexico State Game Commission
Goal: Ban cruel cougar trapping in New Mexico.
It is legal for 749 cougars to be trapped and killed every year in the state of New Mexico after the New Mexico State Game Commission approved the practice of cougar trapping last year. Such a number is more than twice the number of cougars normally killed annualy. As a result, their population will not be able to sustain such increased hunting.
In addition, the steel trap not only leads to painful injuries for the cougar, which will bite its own limbs in an effort to free itself from the trap’s jaws, but it will also harm other forest animals. It is easy for animals of a similar size to also become trapped, including other endangered species. As a result, not only will cougars face diminishing numbers, but other mammals will as well.
Conservationists and humane societies are taking the commission to court in an effort to end the practice of cougar trapping. Sign the petition to show your support and demand that the violent practice be brought to an end.
Dear Mr. Kienzle,
Under new regulations enacted in the past year, nearly 750 cougars are legally allowed to be trapped annually. This is niether a sustainable nor humane practice. The cougars face a violent, painful death and oftentimes try to bite their way out of the trap, causing considerable harm. Other mammals that make their home in the forest may also be caught in the trap. As a result, the lives of an entire habitat are endangered.
Cougar trapping was a practice that citizens of New Mexico never wanted, as polls in the state against the practice suggest. I ask that the New Mexico State Game Commission respond to the public outcry on the part of conservationists and citizens of New Mexico and ban this horrible practice.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Greg Hume