Born Free USA, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, estimates that over 300,000 non-target animals are the unintended victims of body-crushing wildlife traps set each year. Cats and dogs are often severely injured or killed as a result of the remorseless jaws of traps set for wild animals by trappers who plan to capture them and strip their fur. Born Free USA says that for every target animal trapped an estimated two non-target animals are brutally captured.
The latest non-target victim reported to Born Free USA is a resident of Atkinson, NC, whose dog Dozer got caught in a trap on a neighboring property and suffered broken bones, wounds in his leg, and had to have his tail amputated after painfully releasing himself from the trap. To help with veterinary costs for Dozer and other victims, Born Free USA has established the Born Free USA Trapping Victim Fund.
According to Dozer’s owner Rose Kirby, “I contacted the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and they informed me that what happened to my Dozer is perfectly legal and that nothing could be done because it is trapping season. This happened very close to houses, and if a child was walking in that area of the woods, they could easily have become a victim as well.”
According to Will Travers, CEO of Born Free, “Dozer is one of the many thousands of unintended victims of the horrifying trapping industry, captured each year in brutal traps, the sole purpose of which is to slam ruthlessly on a wild animal with bone-crushing force. Traps don’t discriminate and can put family pets and humans in serious danger. We plan to help Rose Kirby urge local lawmakers to, at the very least, make it mandatory to post signs and notify neighbors when and where traps are set.”
Born Free USA receives hundreds of heartbreaking reports from victims who have seen their cat or dog severely injured or killed in these traps, and keeps an online database of incidents to help bring attention to this public safety issue. Threatened and endangered species have also been found caught in these deadly traps.
Born Free USA would like your help. If you witness an animal in a leg trap, log onto their database and fill out the form online or call 916-447-3085, ext. 210.
Learn humane ways to coexist with wildlife so they do not become a nuisance in the first place and utilize humane, non-lethal methods to alleviate conflicts.
Warn friends about the possibility of hidden traps, especially if they hike with their dogs.
If you own property, clearly post signs prohibiting trapping on your land and prosecute any violators
Avoid buying anything made with fur. Consumers can help eliminate the financial incentive to trap animals.
Join Born Free USA’s Action Alert Team to help support stronger laws and to challenge the trappers’ efforts to weaken existing laws.
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