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Congress is considering legislation that could save countless animals from being killed in body-gripping traps within the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS).

The Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act has been introduced in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). This bill—H.R. 2016/S. 1081—would prohibit the use of body-gripping traps within the NWRS.

Please ask your Senators and U.S. Representative to cosponsor the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act.

*This action is open to U.S. residents only



More than half of the National Wildlife Refuges in the country allow indiscriminate sport trapping of animals within their borders. Animals of all kinds–even highly endangered species like Canada lynx–are put at risk by this misuse of public lands.

Take action: Ask your senators and representative to support the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act.

Hundreds of endangered and threatened species including Florida panthers, Canada lynx, grizzly bears, gray wolves, and even polar bears live within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Despite the extreme risk to these and other species, many of our National Wildlife Refuges continue to allow trapping, and special interests are pressing for even more access to set their hazardous devices.

Tell Congress that National Wildlife Refuges should be free of trapping and ask that they support the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act.

As many as five million animals are killed or seriously injured through the use of these unselective traps every year–including millions of “non-target” animals. The number of threatened or endangered species killed as a result of trapping is unknown because many of these instances go unreported. We know that wolves, Canada lynx, and wolverines are especially succeptible to falling victim to trapping, but any animal that exists even part of the time on the ground is at risk. Even bald eagles are often killed or injured in traps. These devices are so hazardous that more than 90 countries worldwide have acted to ban leghold or body-gripping traps completely.

The United States can begin to make progress to protect endangered species by finally ending the legal use of body-gripping traps in National Wildlife Refuges. Senator Cory Booker and Representative Nita Lowey have introduced legislation that would end this archaic practice in these areas that should be safe for species and safe for the public to visit without the risks presented by traps. Please tell your senators and representative that you support the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act and ask them to cosponsor the bill.

Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.


Leda Huta

Leda Huta
Executive Director
Endangered Species Coalition





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