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No trapping on federal land

Legislation is currently being considered by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which Sen. Ben Cardin serves on, that would open up federal public lands to trapping animals. The vast majority of trapped animals are not killed for food but rather for the global fur trade.

The traps used are notoriously cruel. The most widely used type is the steel-jaw trap, which clamps down on the animal's limb leaving them in excruciating pain for hours or days. In desperation, some animals try to chew or twist off the trapped limb. This is cause for concern not only because it is grossly inhumane treatment of animals in the wild but also because pets such as cats and dogs are frequently caught in these indiscriminate traps.

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In the 21st century, is the use of such barbaric devices warranted for the benefit of a relatively small number of people who profit from or wear fur? Animals need Marylanders to take a minute today to call Senator Cardin (202-224-4524) and urge him to remove trapping from the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015. Please help to prevent needless suffering and call today.

Maryanne Bailey, Catonsville

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