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city ordinance to ban leghold traps and snares will be considered
by the Corrales City Council in public hearings on February 10 and
February 27, 2004. The proposed ordinance comes in the wake of reports
of coyotes suffering within city limits from trap-related injuries,
including mutilated paws and broken bones.
Leghold traps and snares are notoriously cruel and indiscriminate.
One of the most inhumane traps used today, the leghold trap is designed
to capture and hold an animal by its foot or leg, but will shut
on any body part when triggered. Animals captured in leghold traps
frequently suffer from severe injuries including broken bones and
severed tendons, a well as physiological trauma. Trapped and terrified,
animals have gnawed off their own limbs to break free. Snares are
generally made of a light wire cable looped through a locking device,
and are designed to tighten around the neck or other body part as
the animal struggles. The more the animal struggles, the tighter
the noose becomes. While small victims may become unconscious in
five to ten minutes, larger animals may suffer for hours or days.
Leghold traps and snares are inherently non-selective and will capture
any unsuspecting animal, including threatened and endangered species,
birds, and companion animals. Studies have shown that for every
"target" animal caught, two to five times as many non-target
animals may be trapped.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal
Hospital Association, and the National Animal Control Association
have all deemed the leghold trap "inhumane," and Americans
have shown their opposition to the use of these traps by passing
ballot initiatives banning or severely restricting body-gripping
traps in Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Washington.
In addition, more than 80 countries nationwide have banned the use
of leghold traps.
The Corrales City Council is accepting
public comment until February 23, 2004 on this issue. (Letters from
outside Corrales will be accepted and considered in the official
record.) Submit letters to:
Mr. Harry Staven, Administrator
Village of Corrales
PO Box 707
Corrales, NM 87048
Be sure to indicate that your letter
is Re: Proposed Ban on Leghold Traps and Snares in Corrales.
Points to consider including in your letter:
* Urge the City Council to prohibit the use of leghold traps and
snares in Corrales and thank its members for considering this proposed
* Snares and leghold traps regularly catch non-target animals, thus
posing a significant hazard to domestic animals as well as threatened
and endangered species.
* Snares generally kill animals by strangling them with a wire loop
often resulting in a slow, painful death, some times lasting days.
It would violate state humane laws to treat a domestic dog or cat
in the same manner.
* Most animals caught in body-gripping traps react to the instant
pain and restraint by frantically struggling against the trap in
an attempt to free themselves, often enduring fractures, ripped
tendons, severe swelling (edema), blood loss, amputations, and/or
tooth and mouth damage from chewing and biting at the trap. Some
animals even chew or twist off their trapped limbs trying to escape.
* More than 80 countries have banned leghold traps, including all
15 member-nations of the European Union. However, the United States
lags far behind the rest of the world with regard to trapping reforms.
* As a city that has made strides to co-exist with coyotes, Corrales
has the opportunity to take this compassion one step farther and
put itself on the map by banning cruel and unnecessary traps.
If you live in Corrales, please attend one of the three public hearings
and show your support for the trap ban ordinance. Public hearings
will be held February 10, and February 27. All City Council meetings
start at 7:30pm.
For more information about the meetings, please call the City Administrator’s
office at 505-897-0502.
For more information on this issue, please contact Camilla Fox at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-447-3085 x215.