Dear supporter: It is unclear what part of the word "refuge" the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) doesn't understand. But it is crystal clear to Emily... The fox follows her nose, zipping over the rocks and snow in the forests of Montana, foraging for food. The winter has been extremely cold and food scarce. She is drawn to a strange scent between two logs... A sudden jolt of pain stabs through her front paw. She lunges back in agony. In a frenzy of terror she yanks and wrenches at the metal trap. Emily shivers in the cold, alone, awaiting her fate. For Emily "refuge" means death. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge as a haven where hunting and trapping were to be prohibited. Aldo Leopold, the "father of ecology," wrote in 1933 that a refuge is at all times a sanctuary. Today, the USFWS has lost its way. More than half of all national wildlife refuges allow recreational and commercial trapping , while the USFWS relentlessly expands or opens up more refuges every year to hunting and fishing. Raise your voice against this injustice today with a $5 donation to IDA's efforts to bring peace to Wildlife Refuges. November 29 is Fur Free Friday. In anticipation of this event, IDA is calling the USFWS to task for its sanctioning of trapping as a "legitimate recreational and economic activity." IDA needs your help to educate the public and back legislation to change the way the USFWS does business on refuges funded with public tax dollars. Our best estimate is that tens of thousands of animals, including wolves, bobcats, foxes, coyotes, skunks, badgers, beavers, minks, otters, martens, as well as endangered and threatened species such as lynx and raptors suffer excruciating deaths in these heartless traps each year. Trappers have access to millions of acres of land; they don't need our refuges, too. If you agree, please support IDA's efforts to put a stop to it with your $5 contribution right now. These brutal devices include leghold traps, snares, spine-crushing Conibear traps and other body-gripping devices. The US Fish and Wildlife Service does not regulate trappers, but leaves it to the states. In Montana, for $29, a trapper can kill an unlimited number of animals, excluding wolves, without even being required to check his traps. This means innocent animals can linger and suffer for an unlimited period of time before a trapper returns (IF he returns) to brutally drown, strangle, stomp, bludgeon or shoot them to death. Please take a moment to imagine being that trapped, suffering animal. This must stop—now. This absolutely must not be allowed on land set aside as a "refuge." Help us make this a reality with your $5 contribution. Forty-five million people visit the National Wildlife Refuges each year, including more than 35 million who go to observe and photograph wildlife and to take part in educational programs, and fewer than 9 million who go to hunt and fish. We have the numbers, we only need to raise our voices—loudly—and now—on behalf of the animals who are suffering so terribly. Sincerely, for the animals,
Dr. Marilyn Kroplick President In Defense of Animals
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