The commercial fur industry wants the public to believe that traps are safe and humane. They are anything but.
- All traps are designed to hold an animal against their will: even if the animal isn’t injured by the closing action of the trap, he or she will be left in the trap for as long as a week. While trapped, these animals are exposed to the elements, other wildlife, and often suffer from starvation, dehydration and injuries related to attempting to release themselves from the trap.
- When trappers eventually return, any animal that has not already succumbed to death is stomped, bludgeoned or choked to death – or killed using other brutal methods that preserve the pelt.
- The notorious leg-hold trap is often thought to be illegal throughout the world. While it has been banned in over 60 countries around the world, and several states in the US, the leg-hold trap is still legal and commonly used in Canada, as well as in parts of the United States and Europe.
- Traps do not discriminate between the animals that trigger them. Endangered species, domestic dogs and cats, and other non-target animals are often caught. A study by the American Veterinary Association indicates that as many as 67 per cent of animals caught in traps are unintended victims.
- More information on the Agreement for International Humane Trapping Standards, the history of trapping and how to safely release pets caught in traps can be found here (available only in English).