(PLEASE PASS ALONG)
THE PETITION FROM CHANGE.ORG READS:
Approximately 10 million animals are trapped and killed worldwide each year. Animals caught in traps suffer immensely while waiting for the trapper to come and kill them.
Another problem with any kind of trap is the lack of discrimination. For every intended victim of the traps, there are 2 to 10 unintended victims: birds, cats, dogs and other animals are caught, maimed and killed in traps. Even animals listed under the Endangered Species Act are caught and killed. In the industry, these unintended victims are referred to as “trash” animals. There have also been cases where children were caught in these traps.
* Ban the use of snares on land (can you imagine how it would feel to die being hung upside down-the pain is most excruciating & slow-that's what these animals go through).
* Banning the use of ALL body-gripping traps especially with serrated teeth;
* All traps to be inspected at least within 24 hours daily.
There are humane traps on the market which do not grip and can be used instead.
Thank you for your time and interest in a more humane State.
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- Trapping is done to obtain 'wild fur pelts' to sell to the commercial fur trade, or for 'predator control' or to 'manage' wildlife populations.
- The leg-hold trap is still legal in every province across Canada.
- The most commonly used traps are the leg-hold, Conibear and snare trap.
- Video and photographic evidence shows that animals will break bones and teeth trying to escape from traps. Some animals will even chew off their own limbs.
- Any animal (including pets, or endangered species) can trigger and die in a trap.
- Trapping is not needed to manage predators like wolves or coyotes, non-lethal alternatives are available..
- Traps are placed where animals travel frequently, along creek beds, or in trees. Sometimes the traps are baited with urine or sex gland scents that lure the animal to a certain trap. In many provinces, you can legally set a trap 300 metres from a any dwelling (including schools).
- In Canada, trap checking times vary from once every 24 hours to once every 14 days - and such laws are largely unenforceable.
- Animals trapped in Canada include wolves, coyotes, bobcats, lynx, beavers, muskrats, otters, minks, raccoons, squirrels, wolverines, badgers, fishers, martens, possums, weasels and other fur-bearing animals.
- Trapping season varies according to the province and species, but for the most part September to April is high risk. In many municipalities, trapping happens year round, particularly to trap and kill so-called nuisance beavers.