Ban Cruel Trapping on Public Land

Target: Robert J. Mitchell, Minister for Communities, Land, and Environment, Prince Edward Island

Goal: Ban barbaric steel-jaw traps from public land.

A dog is dead after being caught in a beaver trap laid out on public land. The dog was out for a walk with its owner in a relatively uninhabited part of Prince Edward Island, a Canadian province. The dog’s owner struggled to free her screeching and wailing Yorkie mix from the trap as it’s tongue began to turn blue. She was unable to free the dog, so she held it as it died.

Traps are a cruel and torturous way to control wildlife that can often maim and kill untargeted animals. Most commonly used are steel-jaw traps, classified as inhumane by the American Veterinary Medical Association. These snares cut into the trapped animals’ flesh, sometimes leaving them alive and in excruciating pain for hours or even days before their deaths. This type of trap has been banned in 88 countries as well as in several U.S. states.

Each year, animals including dogs, cats, birds, and even endangered species are caught in these indiscriminate snares. Even if these traps are only used to kill targeted animals, they are still unnecessarily cruel. This incident has renewed a call by welfare group Animal Justice for the complete ban on these torturous devices.

In order to save countless animals from unnecessary pain and suffering, we must stop using these traps. There are several more humane ways to control wildlife. Sign the petition below to demand that the province ban these barbaric traps.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Mitchell,

A dog recently died in its owners arms after being caught in a beaver trap. The owner was unable to free her screeching and struggling dog from the trap, which was set out on public land. Though this trap was intended to catch beavers, traps like these can often pose a threat to dogs, cats, birds, and even endangered species.

These traps can mangle and maim animals, leaving them to suffer for hours or even days. There exist many more humane methods of controlling wildlife, and these indiscriminate and torturous snares should therefore be banned. We, the undersigned, demand that these steel-jaw traps are banned for use on public land.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Robert Lawton

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10 Comments

  1. When are people going to get the message that public land means land for everyone not just scumbags that kill animals.

  2. I DEMAND A END TO ALL TRAPS THAT ARE KILLING PETS AND SACRED WILDLIFE NOW. CANADA BAN THEM NOW. A PERSON LOST THEIR FAMILY MEMBER TO ONE OF THESE EVIL TRAPS RECENTLY.

  3. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

    • I agree. They see a piece of meat in the supermarket that in no way resembles an animal but they choose to ignore what that animal has gone through. They should visit a slaughterhouse. A curse on the morons who set traps and hunt and kill animals. There is something seriously wrong with these people who love to abuse and kill. These morons don’t deserve to walk the earth. Leave wildlife alone you low lifes.

  4. Why just public land?

    Trapping of this sort is cruel in the extreme and should be banned on public and private land.

  5. Caryl Sawyer says:

    Canadian politicians are as lazy and ignorant as ours.

  6. Denise Devereux says:

    Barbaric tradition. – I hope the perpatrators and enablers legs are caught in these traps and they to feel pain and fear these animals do.
    Karma is coming for you.

  7. WILDLIFE CAN BE CONTROLLED IN OTHER WAYS. I SAY TRAP THE COWARDS SETTING THE TRAPS AND LEAVE THEM THERE FOR DAYS. LET THEM FEEL THE PAIN!

  8. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗?

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