Fur trapping is a cruel, inhumane industry that causes terrible pain and death to animals. Using various traps like the snare trap, underwater trap, Conibear trap, and the steel-jaw trap, trappers catch animals with fur. The steel-jaw trap (the most cruel of all), shuts down on the animal’s limb. They frantically struggle to break free while the trap cuts deeper into their flesh, even reaching the bone, and often mutilating the animal’s foot or leg. In extreme desperation, some animals—especially mothers hoping to get back to their young—will try to chew or twist off the trapped limb. After intense suffering, the animals die of exhaustion, frostbite, or shock. It’s truly gory and horrifying. Animals often trapped for fur in the United States are coyote, gray fox, beaver, badger mink, and other fur-bearing animals like raccoons, wolves, bobcats, opossums, nutria, and otters.
In good news for animals, California’s governor Gavin Newsom signed the Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 on Wednesday, September 4th. This law “prohibits commercial or recreational trapping on both public and private lands.” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez introduced bill AB 44 saying, “It seems especially cruel, obviously, and it’s just unnecessary and costly.”
Fleur Dawes of In Defense of Animals told One Green Planet: “This is a victory for animals and for all Californians who spoke out in the thousands to protect animals from extreme cruelty of fur trapping. California is sending the world a clear statement: fur-bearing animals have the right to live in their own skin, free from being maimed and killed by horrific traps to steal their fur for trivial ‘fashion’ statements. We urge lawmakers to honor the shift in public consciousness and pass AB 44 to ban the sales of cruel fur products throughout California.”
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