Born Free USA applauds Footloose Montana for its 2013 ballot initiative to prohibit trapping on public lands and the state of Montana for considering this valuable proposal. ("Montana reviewing anti-trapping initiative proposal," June 5)
This initiative, titled Montanans for Trap-free Public Lands and submitted on May 31 to the secretary of state, would prohibit animal trapping on public land, while preserving the rights of landowners by allowing trapping on private lands.
Every year, trappers kill approximately 50,000 animals in Montana including wolves, wolverines, foxes and martens. This number does not include the thousand of "nontarget" animals, including family pets, which get caught, killed or maimed in traps.
Footloose Montana has worked with great determination in the defense of wildlife in the state, and they deserve statewide congratulations and support.