Sign the Petition to Make our Public Lands Free of Cruel Trapping, Poisoning and Aerial Gunning
Shockingly, trapping, poisoning and aerial gunning—shooting animals from small airplanes or helicopters—are still rampant across our public lands. Trapping and poisoning put all wildlife at risk, including critically imperiled animals like Mexican wolves, wolverine and Canada lynx, and endanger people and their companion animals recreating on our public lands.
Its long past time to make our public lands cruelty free. Help us End the War on Wildlife.
We, the undersigned, support
ending the use of cruel aerial gunning, poisoning and trapping on our shared public
Traps and poisons are
indiscriminate and kill or maim many non-target animals, including imperiled
species and companion animals. Aerial gunning is expensive, ineffective and
disturbs other animals and people recreating on our public lands. These archaic
tools are an embarrassment to modern science-based wildlife management, are inconsistent
with fair chase principles and their usage harms wildlife communities and undermines
ecosystem integrity and resilience.
The best available
science shows that modern non-lethal management measures are more effective, humane
and widely supported by diverse constituents from both rural and urban areas.
Modern wildlife management benefits all users of our public lands and protects
people, livelihoods and wildlife. The many people who visit our national
forests, wildlife refuges, recreation areas and other public lands with their
families should be able to do so without fear of being injured or losing a
companion animal to a trap or poison.
For the integrity of our
public lands, and for the safety of people, our companion animals and wildlife,
we call for a ban on aerial gunning, trapping and poisoning on our public
lands. It is time we embrace an ethic of
photo: bobcat—Sam Parks Photography