Target: DeBordieu Community officials
Goal: Tell the South Carolina community of DeBordieu to stop using steel-jaw traps to capture coyotes.
Officials in the community of DeBordieu in South Carolina have implemented a coyote management plan in efforts to keep coyotes away from residential areas. Wildlife control officers have set up steel-jaw traps along the perimeter of the community. These types of traps are cruel and extremely dangerous, and should not be used to manage the coyote population.
When an animal steps onto the spring in a steel-jaw trap, the trap’s jaws clamp shut on the animal’s limb or paw. The more the animal struggles, the deeper the clamp will cut, often cutting down to the bone. Not only are these traps cruel, but they are also indiscriminate, and it is highly likely that neighborhood cats and dogs or other wildlife would get trapped as well. Steel-jaw traps cause a lot of pain and injury. Oftentimes, trapped animals will desperately struggle to get out and end up breaking bones and ripping flesh in the process.
Trapped animals have no protection from harsh weather or predators, and will often die in a few days from stress, exhaustion, or shock. In some cases, other animals will attack the trapped individual. As a desperate attempt to free themselves, many trapped animals, especially mothers trying to return to their young, will try to chew or twist off their trapped limbs. The traps being used in the DeBordieu community have also been sprayed with a canine attractant to lure coyotes. Unfortunately, this type of attractant may lure dogs as well.
Steel-jaw traps are banned in 88 countries because of their cruel nature. They are also banned or restricted in several U.S. states. There are alternative trapping methods that employ much more humane methods. These traps are torturous, and a lot of animals that are not the intended victim will get caught. If a trapped animal somehow survives the ordeal, it will most likely lose all function of its leg. Please encourage DeBordieu community officials to eliminate needless cruelty and suffering by immediately removing all steel-jaw traps.
Dear DeBordieu Community Officials,
I was disheartened to learn that the DeBardieu Community is using steel-jaw traps to capture and kill coyotes. These traps are extremely dangerous and inhumane, often causing tortuous amounts of pain to the trapped animal. Trapped animals will desperately struggle to get out and end up breaking bones or ripping flesh in the process. Trapped animals have no protection from harsh weather or other predators and will succumb to exhaustion, stress, and death in a few days. In addition, some animals will try to chew or twist off their limbs in an attempt to escape. No creature should be subjected to this kind of cruelty and torture.
In addition, steel-jaw traps are indiscriminate. It is not unlikely for someone’s dog or cat to become a victim of a steel-jaw trap. These traps may also catch important wildlife and other non-predatory animals. Steel-jaw traps are banned in 88 countries because of their cruel nature, as well as several states. There are alternative trapping methods that are much more humane. Steel-jaw traps cause extreme suffering and pose risks to all animals. Please remove all steel-jaw traps in the DeBordieu Community and implement a more humane management system.
[Your Name Here]
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