Federal Bill Seeks to Ban Trapping on Wildlife Refuges

Long time anti-hunting Congresswoman Nita Lowey of New York has introduced a bill that would ban trapping on 150 million acres of federal land. House Resolution 1438 known as the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act, would ban body gripping, foothold and snare traps on Federal Wildlife Refuges.

On her website she writes, “We must restore the true meaning of ‘refuge’ to the National Wildlife Refuge System.” She also references Born Free USA, a long-time anti-trapping organization.

Their quote incorrectly states that “The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is clear: to be an inviolate sanctuary for our native wildlife.”

The Sportsmen’s Alliance released the following statement:

The National Wildlife Refuge System was not designed to be sanctuary for animals; instead, it was specifically designed to include hunting, fishing and trapping. Moreover, in 1997 Congress approved the National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act, which identified hunting, which includes trapping, as a priority use of refuge land. The law was signed by President Bill Clinton.

In addition, trapping is an effective tool for controlling predators, which can negatively impact other wildlife on refuge lands.

“It’s clear from her statements that Representative Lowey does not have a firm handle on the purpose of these lands, or how the funds used to manage them for the benefit of all species are derived. It’s not surprising that such a distorted view would lead to legislation like this. And it’s no surprise that Representative Lowey is rated a ‘Humane Champion’ by the Humane Society of America’s Legislative Fund.”

All sportsmen need to stick together just because you do not trap does not mean you are unaffected by this legislation. Anti-hunting groups seek to divide and conquer us by banning one activity at a time. Sportsmen will die the death of 1,000 cuts unless we stand up as one and defend any attack on our heritage.

HR 1438 has been assigned to the House Committee on Natural Resources. You can contact you legislator by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Legislative Action Center.

For more information about the Sportsmen’s Alliance and HR1438 CLICK HERE