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The Sierra Club's board of directors is currently considering a proposed Club-wide policy on TRAPPING. This policy would put Sierra Club on record opposing most animal trapping that involves leghold traps and snares -- widely recognized as inhumane and which can injure or kill animals.

For information on this issue and a link to the Sierra Club's policy, visit:

http://www.projectcoyote.org/action/actionsierratrapping.html

 

From an ecological standpoint, this form of trapping can harm threatened or endangered species. The Sierra Club board of directors is under pressure from a small group of people who argue that opposing INHUMANE and INDISCRIMINATE trapping will result in a political backlash from those who support it(!?). Many Sierra Club members wonder why the board would feel concern over alienating this group; it would be like the Club refusing to oppose water pollution out of fears that the polluting industries would not like it. We need some COURAGE on the Sierra Club board, and we need them to PASS THE TRAPPING POLICY NOW.

Letter to
Sierra Club Board of Directors Robin Mann
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Sierra Club Board of Directors.

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Adopt the proposed Club-wide policy on TRAPPING

The Sierra Club's board of directors is currently considering a proposed Club-wide policy on TRAPPING. This policy would put Sierra Club on record opposing most animal trapping that involves leghold traps and snares -- widely recognized as inhumane and which can injure or kill animals. From an ecological standpoint, this form of trapping can harm threatened or endangered species.

Trapping with legholds and snares is not only INHUMANE and INDISCRIMINATE, it is also ECOLOGICALLY HARMFUL.

Trapping usually targets predators, with the aim to remove these keystone species from the ecosystem, and usually in order to make more hunt-able "game" (elk, deer, etc.) available for human hunters. Decades of ecological wildlife research confirms, however, that human hunting is no substitute for predators in maintaining fully functional ecosystems.

A small number of vocal Sierra Club leaders argue that an anti-trapping policy would alienate trappers and hunters. That thinking would suggest the Club should not oppose water pollution out of concern such a policy might alienate polluters.

We need the Sierra Club board to show LEADERSHIP, and we need you to PASS THE TRAPPING POLICY NOW.
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Sincerely,