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Letter template

Here's a letter template you can use when contacting your hunting organization.  Pheasants Forever (PF) is used just as an example.

Dear xxx

I am member of PF.  I am trying to understand the position PF has on the use of Body Grip traps and the risk to hunting dogs.  There are many documented cases of dogs being killed by these traps, when hunting Pheasants.  With all of the information that has been published on this issue for the last few years, I am perplexed why PF is not taking a stand to protect hunting dogs.  Considering the mission of PF is to “provide habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs, it’s hard to understand why PF has not included the safety of dogs in the effort to provide “quality habitat.”

As PF is well aware,  trappers are inadvertently killing dogs with LETHAL body grip traps and snares that are designed to kill captured animals.  MN law allows LETHAL body grip traps and snares to be set on the ground where dogs can find them and be killed.  Body grip traps are often baited with meat like pheasant or grouse parts, or beaver or are placed on animal trails.  Since 2012 at least 25 MN dogs, many worth thousands of dollars, were killed causing much expense, heartache and grief to their owners and families. 

 All attempts to get trapping associations and the DNR to support reasonable changes to trapping regulations to protect dogs have been ignored.  MN is in the minority of states, that allows body grip traps to be placed virtually anywhere on public or private land.   There are effective alternative methods for trapping. It is not necessary to set these lethal traps and snares on the ground where dogs can be killed.  Why do MN trapping regulations allow this to happen?

IT’S TIME FOR PF TO TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE AND DEMONSTRATE SUPPORT FOR PROTECTING DOGS. .  PF NEEDS TO LET THE DNR AND THE LEGISLATURE KNOW THAT LAWS NEED TO BE CHANGED TO IMPLEMENT TRAPPING PRACTICES THAT MAKE THE HABITAT SAFE FOR DOGS.

If these trapping laws are not changed, upland hunting licenses, memberships in Hunting/Habitat advocacy groups like PF, and overall revenue for the outdoor/hunting industry will be negatively impacted. 

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