For most of her 13 years of life she's helped on search and rescue missions throughout the state of New Mexico. However, in 2014, while hiking on a well-traversed trail, Jetta was suddenly seized by a leghold trap. It clung so tightly to her leg that it took four humans to pry it open and set her free.
Most other animals aren't so lucky.
For nearly 100 years, biologists, naturalists and even sport hunters have understood the need for wildlife conservation. The old-fashioned and mistaken belief that man is in competition with nature has led to extinction or near-annihilation of many animal species. Now, however, most understand that all animals play an important role in the ecosystem, and we need to stop reckless harassment and thoughtless killing of wild animals.
So why then, do we, as a society, tolerate the use of leghold traps, primitive implements designed to indiscriminately cause extreme suffering, physical damage and death to millions of wild animals every year?