It's true. Leg-hold traps (and other traps) remain legal in every Province and Territory in Canada (and in most U.S. states).
Trapping is an inherently violent practice that is as unnecessary as it is cruel. All leg hold traps are designed to hold a wild animal who does not want to be caught. As such, many animals die trying to free themselves, as well as from dehydration, blood loss and hypothermia. Many animals become so desperate, they resort to chewing or wringing off their own trapped limb in order to escape, breaking teeth and bones in the process.
In British Columbia, it is legal to set a leg-hold trap just 200 metres from a dwelling including a home or school. Over the past few years, our organization has seen an increase in the number of pets (particularly dogs) caught in these cruel devices.
For most people familiar with the trapping sector of the commercial fur industry, the issue seems incredibly black and white: wild animals should be protected, not trapped and killed for a frivolous product that no one needs. Unfortunately, there are a small group of people who only see animals as dollar signs, and they will go to almost any length to take a life if money can be made, even if it's only a few dollars per animal. As such, a wide variety of traps have been developed, each with the intention of capturing animals in such a way as to prevent them from escaping, without causing too much damage to their fur.
Unfortunately, with retrieving a ‘marketable pelt’ as the singular goal of trapping, the life and wellbeing of the animal it belongs to isn’t even an afterthought, as evidenced by the way traps are designed, set, placed, and checked, and also by the way the trapped animal is ‘dispatched’ (killed). Nor is the species of the animal of any real concern, so long as the ‘target’ animal(s) are eventually caught, as ‘trash’ animals can simply be thrown out. These are the realities of modern day trapping.
The petition requires the signature (not printed name) and proper address of the signee. Please be aware that this petition is for residents of British Columbia only. We will set up an online petition for other residents shortly. Please send completed petition pages to us at:
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Why do people trap?
Today, commercial trapping exists primarily for two reasons:
1. It is a part-time, seasonal hobby for a small number of Canadians who sell pelts to seasonally supplement their income. According to the latest figures from the Fur Institute of Canada (2006), there are approximately 60,000 licensed trappers in Canada, though it is important to note that trapping is not a source of major income for Canadians. Also, while the industry claims to support indigenous populations by using fur, in reality, less than 2% of Canada's indigenous population is involved in the fur trade. Indigenous trappers, on average, earn less than $400 per year, and receive only 1% of the profits of the Canadian fur industry. Low pelt prices, fluctuating demand, and high expenses (e.g.: gasoline, trapline permits, etc.) mean that for indigenous and non-indigenous trappers alike, trapping is simply a hobby. It is not a livelihood.
2. It is used as a means of killing so-called ‘nuisance’ animals, particularly in urban environments. Statistics Canada does not collect data on the number of fur-bearing animals and other wildlife killed by municipalities when they are perceived as 'pests'. This type of trapping can range from a skunk cull in a major Canadian city, to a province-wide coyote bounty.
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