Mrs. Mary Katherine Ray, Dear Madam, I, the undersigned, seek to prohibit the recreational and commercial use of hidden steel-jaw leg-hold traps, wire snares and other body-gripping animal traps on New Mexico's public lands. These traps do not reliably differentiate between the intended target and many other non-target animals which may be cruelly maimed or killed. People and pets are also at risk. Unlimited, profit-driven trapping can harm and deplete wildlife communities. The use of traps is NOT consistent with the "fair chase" principles of ethical hunting. Ninety percent of New Mexico residents believe trapping should be banned on public lands, according to a report released today by a panel of seven New Mexico citizens. The report was created through online surveys organized by the People's Forum on Public Lands Trapping in New Mexico. The use of body-gripping traps is extremely cruel, and inhumane. The suffering of animals caught and held by leg hold traps for long hours or days is unjustifiable: they struggle to be free, the agony of a limb imprisoned in sub-zero cold, the pain of injuries caused by the all-out fight to escape, the broken teeth from biting at the trap, the thirst, hunger, anxiety, terror, the menace of attack by other animals. Additionally, trappers club the animal, then stands on its chest to cause suffocation. Barbaric and cruel, trapping must cease in New Mexico. Itís high time New Mexico catch up with Arizona and Colorado and other states that have banned public lands trapping. NAME STATE, COUNTRY
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