We’re in a bit of a mood today…
First, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new coalition in Nevada that will end gruesome wildlife-killing contests and cruel trapping on public lands. Silver State Wildlife will harness the power of regional and Nevada-based groups and activists to drag wildlife policies into the 21st century with a healthy dose of science, ethics, and common sense.
The Silver State is a nexus between amazing wildlife, biodiversity, and public lands—and archaic wildlife policy that prioritizes killing over conservation. Nevada’s 96-hour trap check window is by far the longest and cruelest in the American West. This coalition will change that and more.
But did I mention we’re in a mood?
The Nevada Department of Wildlife just fined a family of hikers who freed the suffering fox pictured above from a leghold trap. Nevada trappers pressured the department into threatening to arrest the Good Samaritans and fining them over $700!
When people are punished for helping the vulnerable and unprotected, that is wrong. The laws need to change. Coexistence and compassion need to lead. And the exploitation of wildlife needs to be left in the dustbin of history.
Here’s what you can do:
• Sign the petition to end public lands trapping in Nevada.
• Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, calling out the Nevada Department of Wildlife for penalizing an act of compassion at the behest of trappers. Please keep your letter under 250 words and submit it to the following papers:
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Sun (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reno Gazette Journal (email@example.com)
Reno News & Review
Nevada Appeal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Nevada Independent (email@example.com)
The Ely Times
Pahrump Valley Times
The Record-Courier (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Humboldt Sun (email@example.com)
Sierra Nevada Ally (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you for doing your part to end the war on wildlife in Nevada. And stay tuned for more ways to get involved.