America’s Top 10 Threats to Trapping; or, The enemy of my enemy is my friend


Posted on August 22, 2012

Courtesy of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance/

There are many forces in America working to end trapping and wise wildlife management. Here are a few of those anti-trapping groups:

1- Sierra Club—this group’s board of directors has let America know it opposes any and all trapping—period. The official Sierra Club statement reads: “The Sierra Club considers body-gripping, restraining and killing traps and snares to be ecologically indiscriminate and unnecessarily inhumane and therefore opposes their use.” This position earns this group a No. 1 spot.

2- PETA—best known for being wackos, this group opposes fur, trapping and anything non-vegan. PETA also wanted to “trap” and euthanize problem hogs in Florida to prevent them from being hunted.

3- Humane Society of the United States—this radical animal rights group lists trapping as wildlife abuse. This group is currently being sued for violation of federal racketeering laws.

4- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (alias ASPCA)—states openly on its website that “The ASPCA is against the use of leg-hold or body gripping traps to capture wild animals because of the pain and distress that they cause.” The group also opposes hunting.

5- Defenders of Wildlife—this group opposes wolf hunting and trapping, and launched an aggressive on-line campaign to skew an Idaho wolf trapping survey in its favor. D o W reported it had 39,000 followers overwhelm the Idaho Game and Fish Commission’s website.

6- Born Free USA—this radical animal rights group labels trapping as “barbaric” and has a trapping victims fund to help cover veterinarian costs for animals—including wildlife—caught in traps. It distributes a free “How to Organize an Anti-Trapping Campaign” booklet through its Animal Protection Institute group.

7- In Defense of Animals—opposes trapping and has created a “furkills” website to promote the group’s propaganda—and to collect funds. The group also encourages followers to create a display in their local public library to display leaflets, posters, and books about the cruelty involved in trapping or leg-hold traps.

8- Animal Welfare Institute: Opposes trapping and is pushing the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act in Congress to end trapping on national wildlife refuges. Filed a lawsuit in 2008 to stop coyote and fox trapping in Maine under the guise of protecting Canada lynx.

9- Center for Biological Diversity: has campaigns underway to stop wolf trapping and hunting in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, and another in New Mexico to save Mexican gray wolves. Some of the group’s “urgent letters of action” also includes requests for donations to end trapping.

10- Footloose Montana—works to oppose wolf trapping and the management of these large predators in Montana while other wildlife species, like elk, dwindle in numbers at the hands, or paws, of wolves. Also works to end trapping on public lands.

As you can tell, trappers and hunters need to work together to overcome these radical forces…


25 thoughts on “America’s Top 10 Threats to Trapping; or, The enemy of my enemy is my friend

  1. Let’s not forget about another important threat to trapping: the pics the trappers themselves post of their suffering victims and their gruesome deaths, thereby causing outrage in the general public. Those sociopaths are contributing to their own demise, but they’re too stupid to realize it.

  2. As said “The enemey of my ememy is my friend” but with these groups all should be wary. Sadly, most of those organizations support the meat, dairy, egg, hunting, vivisection, clothing, companion-animal breeding or zoo/rodeo industries. Here’s a truncated list of groups to avoid at all costs: ASPCA, World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Rainforest Alliance, Rainforest Action Network, The Nature Conservancy, National Audubon Society, In Defense of Animals, and National Wildlife Federation.

    • Dwayne, why IDA, which opposes all the issues you mention? If it is due to the Rotten Egg Bill, IDA requested to be removed from the list of supporters, but the request was not honored. Thanks.

    • I already know that Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, WWF, and National Audubon Society support hunting, that ASPCA is full of crap, and that HSUS supports the food animal industries. But would you mind elaborating on what the other organizations are guilty of supporting?

  3. Not to mention The Wolf Army. Trapping will soon be outlawed. That is a promise. Fortunately you trappers are all looking at the wrong enemy. The silent one is your greatest threat.

  4. The only “radicals” are those who support trapping. Indeed, anyone who thinks it’s okay to trap an animal and leave it suffering for days in a trap, then brutally kill it, is a sick, twisted sociopath in need of some strong meds and a good shrink. It’s the 21st century, not the 1800’s. The cruel and barbaric practice of trapping, which causes suffering for target and non-target widlife alike (as well as domestic pets) has no place in a so-called “civilized” society.

  5. Footloose Montana Opposes Trapping. Truly, there is no such thing as “wolf trapping”. No trap or snare catches only one species or excludes others. Traps designed for wolves have brought a bigger more powerful deadlier arsenal of hidden weaponry and are now catching animals we had not heard of before such as mountain lions, deer, elk. 50,000 animals are estimated trapped and killed annually in Montana according to FWP based on trapper’s voluntary reporting. Birds of Prey, rare, threatened and endangered are among the victims of traps and snares. Eagles, for example, hop along the forest floor attracted to the bait only to be caught in traps and snares. Over 55 dogs were reported trapped this past fur bearer season alone. FWP says that’s not uncommon. 2 died! 5 Golden Eagles were known trapped or snared within months but we are hearing from those in the field that number was at least double! FWP lacks the legal authority to require setbacks for traps and snares from trails for targeting predators and non game species. Therefore, these hidden landmines can be set right on the trails and adjacent to waterways catching, injuring, killing anything in their path.Trapping is painfully indiscriminate. This cruel year round legal recreation, by less than 1% of Montanans, holds our public lands hostage from the safe pleasurable use of others. Loaded set-guns, trip wires and the use of bait are unethical and illegal. Trapping, at least on our Montana public lands needs to be as well.

  6. This “sport” must end. The cruelty is mind boggling, the waste unconscionable, the suffering endless. Humans have created a hell on earth for wildlife. In addition to the difficulties of living in the wild, loss of habitat, encroachment by humans in their existing habitat, bows and arrows and guns the earth and its rivers and streams are booby trapped so that not even the smartest wilest creature might escape. Traps, snares and body gripping devices is one of America’s most shameful secrets. Many Americans when asked to help stop trapping are astounded to discover it is still legal, they react in horror as is the appropriate response. Those on the list should be proud of themselves for making it to the list of anti trapping advocates.

  7. I am a Sierra Club volunteer and because we are a volunteer run outfit that elects our own board from the membership, we are a uniquely democratic in organization. The Club does have a policy that supports hunting, but with pretty strict caveats. It can be found here, (Item #3)
    It was our membership who helped convince the Board to take the stand they did on trapping. For a while, I think many of us on the inside felt like the Club was giving hunters too much credit and sway. I am seeing the pendulum swinging away from that now. We’ve learned some pretty tragic lessons. I’m so proud the Sierra Club is #1 on the trapper enemy’s list I can’t tell you! And I’m so pleased at who else is on this list too!

    • Even though SC might have “strict rules” I still don’t beleive they are the positve force that John Muir envisioned. Just as with my sport the rule of getting on the podium is “you’re either pro or you’re not”. Which goes hand in hand with my views on killing, “you’re all for it or all against it” and that is not extreme, that is picking a team.

  8. God forbid anyone should stand up against hunters and trappers and make them feel threatened. Face it, the way of life of the hunter and trapper is dying. All their doing is just prolonging their doom.

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