Problem

Trapping of animals

Other Names:
Cruel animal traps
Incidence:
It is estimated that there are approximately 2 million trappers in the USA alone, and for 50,000 of these it is a major source of income. Trapping is an important activity in northern countries such as Canada, Scandinavia and the USSR. The number of animals killed for the fur trade is estimated to be in excess of 50 million per year, but of these 50% are raised in captivity, the remainder being trapped. Another estimate gives 20 million animals trapped annually in North America using the leghold trap.

In 1988, patrols in the Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda, reported removing more than 2,000 illegal traps.

Claim:
The agony and terror of trapped animals is excruciating. In the case of the leghold trap, the animal awaits the arrival of the trapper who finally kills it by clubbing or through strangulation (to protect the fur). Many animals, especially nursing mothers, have been known to chew off their legs to escape.
Counter Claim:
Since there are few natural predators left in the wild, trappers fulfil an important function in maintaining a natural balance and preventing the population escalation of certain species.
Narrower Problems:
Bird netting
Aggravates:
Animal injuries
Values:
Cruelty
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
24.02.2000 – 00:00 CET