URGENT – action needed! Oppose bill w/attachment affecting Trapping

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Oppose BILL-Refuge From Cruel Trapping

Currently there are over 560 refuges and 38 wetland management districts encompassing more than 150 million acres in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Trapping is allowed on an estimated 300 of these refuges. On April 23 2015, Senator Booker (D-NJ) introduced S.1081 “Refuge From Cruel Trapping” which if passed would prohibit the use of or possession of snares, body-grip and foothold traps on our refuge system.

To date, working with others, we have prevented this bill from being heard.

Senator Booker has announced he will attach his bill as an amendment to the “Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act” which is strongly supported by sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations all across the country.

At this time we need letter to the members of the senate committee from the Presidents of their home state trapping associations. Below is a draft letter. Please edit and modify and add facts and figures as you see fit. The states we are targeting are Oklahoma, Maryland, South Dakota, Wyoming, Arkansas, Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi, Louisiana and Delaware. I will send contact info in separate email. You might also send it to the staff contacts to be sure they get it.

The amendment is scheduled to be heard on Jan 20. TIME IS VERY SHORT

SAMPLE LETTER

On behalf of the STATE trappers association and all trappers in STATE, we write today in strong opposition to an amendment being offered by Sen. Booker of New Jersey to the Sportsmen’s bill expected to be marked up by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on January 20.   The amendment would prohibit the use of so called ‘body gripping’ traps on National Wildlife Refuges by private professional or recreational trappers.

Trapping is a critical tool for conservation management and predator control.  It also represents a proud livelihood and recreational activity for many STATE-ans.   Today’s citizen trappers, whether professional or recreational, make use of some of the most technologically advanced, humane and safe traps available, consistent with international treaty agreements on humane trapping standards. Trappers are subject to regulation and permitting, and often work hand in hand with state, local, and federal wildlife management and agricultural protection agencies.

To restrict trapping activities and the use of traps on National Wildlife Refuges will not only tie the hands of state agencies and wildlife managers, it will have a detrimental impact on the livelihoods and personal incomes of many of your constituents.  The sale of wild trapped fur, meat and by products play a vital role in the economy and lifestyle of rural dwellers across North America.

Additionally, federal restrictions and interference into the long standing partnership between refuge managers and citizen trappers will erode the mission of the refuges as managers have to re allocate limited resources to trapping activities and focus more on ‘nuisance control’ than population management and species protection.

We hope you will take the following facts into consideration:

(Insert any local numbers here)

Additionally citizen trappers play a key role as partners with wildlife managers in

The Management of endangered species, including the capture, relocation and re-introduction of extirpated species to original habitats
• Ensuring sustainable management of wildlife for human benefit
• Removal of nuisance animals to ensure human health and prevent
the spread of zoonotic disease
• Control of invasive species and over abundant wildlife populations that are in conflict with native species
Economics:
Protecting agriculture, providing predator protection for crop and livestock management

On behalf the trapper community in your state, we urge you to oppose this amendment as flawed and inconsistent public policy, and a blow to trapper livelihoods.

Thank you for your consideration.

COMMITTEE MEMBER CONTACTSHere are your senators by state and the staff contact emails:
TRAPPER LETTER SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO:
Oklahoma: Sen. James Inhofe, Chairman
Senate Committee On Environment And Public Works, United States Senate
Washington, DC  20510
Staff Contact:  Hilary Moffett, Hilary_Moffett@Epw.Senate.gov

  • Wyoming: Sen. John Barasso
    307 Dirksen Senate Office Building, United States Senate, Washington, DC  20510
    Staff Contact:  Brian_Clifford@Barasso.Senate.Gov• Louisiana: Sen. David Vitter, 516 Hart Senate Office Building, United States Senate, Washington, DC  20510
    Staff Contact:  Ward_Cormier@Vitter.Senate.gov• Arkansas: Sen. John Boozman, 141 Hart Senate Office Building, United States Senate, Washington, DC  20510
    Staff Contact:       Philip_Moore@Boozman.Senate.gov

    Nebraska: Sen. Deb Fischer, 454 Russell Senate Office Building, United States Senate, Washington, DC  20510
    Staff Contact: Jessica_Clowser@Fischer.Senate.gov

    Mississippi: Sen. Roger Wicker, 555 Dirksen Senate Office Building, United States Senate, Washington, DC  20510
    Staff Contact: Brandon_Elsner@wicker.senate.gov

    Delaware: Sen. Thomas Carper, 513 Hart Senate Office Building, United States Senate, Washington, DC  20510
    Staff Contact:  Andrew_Shine@Carper.senate.gov

    Idaho: Sen. Michael Crapo, 239 Dirksen Senate Office Building, United States Senate, Washington, DC  20510
    Staff Contact:  Peter_Stegner@crapo.senate.gov

    Alaska: Sen. Dan Sullivan, 702 Hart   Senate Office Building, United States Senate, Washington, DC  20510
    Staff Contact:  Erik_Elam@Sullivan.senate.gov

    Alabama: Sen. Jeff Sessions, 326 Russell Senate Office Building, United States Senate, Washington, DC  20510
    Staff Contact:  Kerrie_Carr@sessions.senate.gov

    South Dakota: Sen. Mike Rounds, 502 Hart Senate Office Building, United States Senate, Washington, DC  20510
    Staff Contact:  Amanda_Tharpe@rounds.senate.gov

  • Joan Galvin | Government Relations Advisor
    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
    Washington Harbour, Suite 400
    3050 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
    o: (202) 342-8638 | m: (941) 320-6409
    jgalvin@kelleydrye.com

 

 

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