Arizonans for Wildlife is working to protect our state’s wild cats from extreme cruelty by prohibiting the trophy hunting and trapping of mountain lions, bobcats, ocelots, jaguars and lynx.
Every year thousands of mountain lions and bobcats are killed in Arizona by some of the cruelest methods imaginable. Bobcats are trapped and left to languish in excruciating pain for hours using painful and indiscriminate steel-jawed, leghold traps, and both bobcats and mountain lions are chased down with packs of trailing hounds then shot at point blank range. If a trophy hunter or trapper kills a mother wild cat, her dependent kittens will die from dehydration, starvation, predation or exposure.
Arizonans for Wildlife represents a broad coalition working to end the trophy hunting of wild cats. It is not the Arizona way to chase down mountain lions with packs of trailing hounds, or trap bobcats using archaic and painful devices. Jaguars, ocelots, and lynx can fall victim to these cruel methods as well. By allowing this to continue, we are further jeopardizing their survival in Arizona. Because the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Arizona Legislature have failed to adequately protect Arizona’s wild cats over the decades, we call upon Arizona’s voters to use the most democratic of processes: the ballot box to remedy this failure.
Published 11/14/17 by The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection
The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection has formally endorsed a new ballot initiative that seeks to ban trophy hunting of wild cats in Arizona, specifically mountain lions, bobcats, jaguars, ocelots, and lynx.
Published 10/23/17 in tucson.com by Bettina Hansen
I learned that there’s an effort to ban wild cat trophy hunting and trapping on the Nov. 2018 ballot — and it’s not just to protect mountain lions. If this passes, bobcats will also be spared from cruel and painful traps, and protections for jaguars, ocelots and lynx will become codified.
Published 10/23/17 in tucson.com by Kim Flaherty
As Gucci and other major brands go fur-free, it is becoming more apparent that fur — and the cruelty to animals it causes — has no place in modern fashion. Yet every year, thousands of Arizona’s bobcats struggle to free themselves from steel jawed leghold traps, body-gripping traps, and snares on private land, and from cage traps on public land.