On July 26, 2011, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced legislation to end the use of brutal traps on furbearing animals within federal wildlife refuges. The Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act, H.R. 2657, is intended to help to restore the original intent of the National Wildlife Refuge System by placing a ban on the use of cruel body-gripping traps on these public lands.
National Wildlife Refuge System ~ Origins & Mission
President Theodore Roosevelt established the first National Wildlife Refuge on Pelican Island, Florida, in 1903 to protect imperiled bird species from the commercial feather trade. Since then, 550 refuges totaling more than 150 million acres have been added to the refuge system.
Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service FWS), the National Wildlife Refuge System(NWRS) contains the most comprehensive and diverse collection of fish and wildlife habitats in the world, harboring more than 240 endangered species, over 700 kinds of birds, 220 mammal species, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and 200 kinds of fish. The mission of the NWRS is "to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans."...