It’s official! Last night the town of Gibsons passed a bylaw that effectively outlaws the use of all leg-hold, Conibear and snare traps. These are the 3 most common types of traps used to catch and kill wild animals. Anyone caught setting a bodygripping trap in Gibsons will be fined $1000.
Photo: Coyote with his head in a Conibear trap.
This trap is now outlawed in Gibsons.
“To the best of my knowledge, this is the toughest anti-trapping bylaw in all of Canada. Moving forward, this bylaw will give our organization leverage to approach other municipalities to encourage them to do the same,”says Lesley Fox, Executive Director for the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. “It is our hope that city of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast will soon follow suit.”
Almost 1 million wild animals are trapped and killed in Canada every year for their fur. Under the law, traps can be set 200 metres from a dwelling and contrary to popular belief, leg-hold traps are still used, including right here throughout Metro Vancouver.
The campaign to ban traps in the town of Gibsons was a joint effort between our non-profit groups, The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals and the Concerned Citizens of the Sunshine Coast.