Governor Dave Heineman Office of the Governor P.O. Box 94848 Lincoln, NE 68509-4848 Phone: 402-471-2244 Fax: 402-471-6031 Email:Message 1 of 1 , Aug 31, 2012View SourceGovernor Dave Heineman
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 94848
Lincoln, NE 68509-4848
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A steel jaw trap set for a bobcat accidentally trapped a female mountian lion in Nebraska. The injuries were so severe, the lion had to be euthanized.
The mountian lion was eliminated from the state in 1890 and there is only a small breeding popuation of mountian lions in Nebraska, less than 20. To have lost one to this cruel device is a major set-back for the species.
Every year, trappers kill 10 million raccoons, coyotes, wolves, bobcats, opossums, nutria, beavers, otters, and other fur-bearing animals. Trappers use various types of traps, including snares and conibear traps, but the steel-jaw trap is the one that's most widely used.
Every year, dogs, cats, birds, and other animals—including endangered species—are "accidentally" crippled or killed by traps placed in public areas across the country.
The American Veterinary Medical Association condemns these traps and has classified them as "inhumane."
When an animal steps on the steel-jaw trap spring, the trap's jaws slam shut, clamping down on the animal's limb or paw. As the animal struggles in excruciating pain to get free, the steel vise cuts into his or her flesh—often down to the bone—mutilating the leg or paw. Some animals, especially mothers desperate to return to their young, will even attempt to chew or twist off their trapped limbs.
Animals often struggle for hours, sometimes days, before they finally succumb to exhaustion, exposure, frostbite, shock, and death.Because steel-jaw traps are inherently cruel, they have been banned in 88 countries. Their use is banned or restricted in several U.S. states, including Arizona , California , Colorado , Florida , Massachusetts , New Jersey , Rhode Island , and Washington . The European Union has banned the use of steel-jaw traps in Europe and banned the importation of pelts from countries that use these cruel devices to trap and kill fur-bearing animals.
I ask Nebraska to ban the use of steel jaw traps.