“AZ people and wildlife snared in leghold trap controlled by vote on Prop 109″

AZ. wildlife are under siege from NRA who want to control wildlife with traps and snares and the gun.


This Election Day, take a stand for Arizona’s wildlife. Pledge to vote “NO” on Prop 109.

Sierra Club, the AZ. Human Society of America, Nature’s Crusaders and many others are part of a coalition of groups urging

Arizonans to vote “NO” on Proposition 109 in the November 2, 2010 election. Here’s why:

  • Prop 109 could open the door to inhumane and extreme wildlife-killing practices.Prop 109 makes it almost impossible to halt inhumane and unsporting practices. It could even result in the nullification of the 1994 voter-approved ballot initiative that banned steel-jawed leghold traps and poisons on public lands. Leghold traps are cruel and indiscriminate, but Prop 109 could reverse a sixteen-year-old victory and legalize these voter-outlawed landmines for wildlife and pets—putting Mexican wolves and other wildlife  at risk.
  • Prop 109 is a power grab that puts special interests ahead of scientific wildlife management.This measure would give the Arizona Legislature “exclusive” authority to make decisions on wildlife issues. If Prop 109 passes, wildlife management would no longer be based on science, but on the whims of politicians and powerful special interests.
  • Prop 109 takes away your voter freedoms and your right to protect wildlife.The politicians who wrote and support Prop 109 want to grab more power and prevent voters or professional wildlife scientists from having a say over wildlife protection policies. Arizonans have used petitions to protect animals when the state legislature has failed to act. Supporters of Prop 109 want to take away our freedom to protect animals at the ballot box.
  • Prop 109 could cost taxpayers millions and open the door for frivolous lawsuits.The vague language in Prop 109 could subject the state to expensive lawsuits from poaching criminals who want to argue that bag limits or season dates for a particular species are “unreasonable.”

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