Three actions to help cats, coyotes, wildlife from traps
Please click on and sign the following:
1. U.S. Fish & Wildlife: Stop Using Tax Dollars to Declare War on Cats
3. Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 2657 Today
1. Background | From Best Friends Animal Society
Is U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service poised to start taking out cats by the thousands? Such a project would be inhumane, not to mention a waste of precious taxpayer dollars in a time of deficit reduction. But believe it or not, this covert war on cats is already being waged and USFWS will be recruiting with a presentation scheduled for a Hawaii conference this fall.
In early November, USFWS personnel are going on a junket to beautiful Hawaii to teach conventioneers how to stop Trap Neuter Return programs in their towns. The program for the Wildlife Society’s annual conference states that USFWS folks will give a presentation that includes “role-playing” that can be used to defeat TNR programs across the nation. (How come I never get sent to Hawaii for role-playing?)
And what is the USFWS method of choice to control community cats? Killing. That’s pretty unconscionable in this humane age, especially considering that catch-and-kill doesn’t work. If it did, we wouldn’t have any community cats left by now.
If USFWS’s goal is to reduce the number of outside cats, which is laudable, they are being short-sighted by not encouraging Trap Neuter Return projects. Studies have shown that these programs work to reduce the cat population.
The nice thing about TNR programs is that they have broad public support because folks don’t want to see cats and kittens killed. You can also get humanitarians to help fund these projects, which helps with the programmatic bottom line. Maybe employing folks to trap, neuter and return cats would help create more jobs, too, including good jobs for vet techs and veterinarians.
But no innovative thinking for our government leaders. Instead of building on that humanitarian support to find solutions that protect cats, wildlife and the community, they view cats the same way they view Asian carp: search and destroy.
By holding a workshop with the goal of ending Trap Neuter Return programs, USFWS is promoting an approach that hasn’t been proven effective, but has been proven expensive. And they have no way to fund it. By leaving local governments to their own devices, they’re opening the door for so-called “solutions” like the publication put out earlier this year by the University of Nebraska Extension Service, which described numerous cruel ways to kill outside cats including shooting and using body-gripping traps. This is your tax dollars at work.
Best Friends Animal Society is asking the USFWS to declare a truce in their war on cats and embrace trap, neuter and return programs to reduce the community cat population. Please sign the Best Friends’s petition today. Politics is not a spectator sport.
2. Background | From Project Coyote
After public outcry against the indiscriminate and cruel trapping and killing of coyotes in the City by a county trapper, the City temporarily suspended the killing pending further review.
The City of Calabasas’ Environmental Commission is reviewing the issue and will make a recommendation to the City Council on how to proceed.
Your voice is needed: Please sign the petition and submit comments directly to the Environmental Commission by email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Talking points (please be respectful and personalize your message):
- Commend the City of Calabasas for its decision to stop coyote trapping and killing and urge them to make the temporary moratorium permanent.
- Indiscriminate trapping of coyotes is not an effective or humane solution to reduce real or perceived conflicts between people, coyotes, and domestic animals. Coyotes are here to stay. We must learn to coexist.
- Coyotes play an important role in keeping rodent populations in check and ecosystems clean of carrion (dead things). Coyotes also help to limit mescarnivoress (e.g. foxes, skunks) thereby helping boost bird population and diversity.
- There are many effective non-lethal methods for reducing negative encounters between people, coyotes, and domestic animals. More info. here.
- Encourage the City of Calabasas to work with Project Coyote and AWI in adopting and implementing an ecologically and ethically sound long-term coyote coexistence plan that emphasizes public education and reducing coyote/wildlife attractants as well as intentional and unintentional feeding.
Remember to include your name, address, and email when submitting public comments so that your comments will be counted in the official record!
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3. Background | From Born Free USA
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) has worked with Born Free USA and our colleagues to reintroduce the “Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act” (H.R. 2657). This important initiative finally would end the horrific practice of trapping on national wildlife refuges. Please ask your congressional representative to co-sponsor the bill.
When visiting a national wildlife refuge, most people expect to see wildlife in abundance without fear of stepping into a trap, or having to witness the pain and suffering of a trapped animal. More than half of America’s refuge lands, however, allow barbaric and indiscriminate trapping! We are horrified that the brutal practice occurs on some of the very last safe havens for wildlife in the United States.
H.R. 2657 aims to restore the original intent of the National Wildlife Refuge System — to maintain lands where wildlife are safe and free from unnatural intrusion. Congresswoman Lowey’s bill also would protect people and domestic companion animals incidentally caught by traps while visiting refuges.
As highlighted by Born Free USA’s 2011 trapping investigation and our online database of non-targeted incidents, trapping is a highly unregulated, inhumane and dangerous practice, and has remained this way for years.
“The use of steel jaw leghold traps and other barbaric mechanisms has no place in national wildlife refuges or other public lands,” Lowey said. “Body-gripping traps are cruel and inhumane, and it is time to end this brutal practice once and for all.”
Please help us pass the 2011 Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act. Ask your U.S. representative to co-sponsor H.R. 2657 today.
there was a planet
once lush and green
it orbited in harmony
its surface, serene
teeming with vibrancy
life seemed to thrive
many different species
but there was one
that did not understand
that he was not meant
to take over the seas
air and land
so this life form
and destroying all
in its path
now alone it sits
facing the earth mother’s
Karen Lyons Kalmenson