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August 4, 2011

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Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 2657 Today

Dear Friend,

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.

For the animals,

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P.S. The dog days of summer are upon us and we still need your help to continue our vital animal advocacy work. If you haven't yet joined Born Free USA as a Member, we'd love to have you in the family!

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