In a victory for animal rights, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban traps that grip or snare foxes, coyotes, and other such animals in the city, labeling such traps as inhumane.
The new rule disallows commercial trappers from using any traps that grip or snare the animals in any way. However, such traps can still be used for mice, rats, and other small rodents.
Cage traps that utilize a locking door can still be used by commercial trappers, which will allow many to stay in business.
The city’s Department of Animal Services will also create measures that ensure locking door traps are not used inhumanely, in instances such as keeping a locked animal caged for hours in summer heat.
Wildlife protection groups applaud the decision, saying that the banning of such traps will prevent suffering and it will keep other animals safe.
The impetus behind banning such traps was the fact gripping or snaring devices often do not actually kill the animal, but leave it to suffer.
In addition to eliminating suffering, banning such traps will ensure that pets are not accidentally injured or killed by snare or grip traps.
Trapping groups in Los Angeles did not offer any public comment on the ban, however, the president of a local wildlife management service told city council earlier in the year that revolving door traps are not an efficient way to catch coyotes.
Animal rights group around the country, including PETA, offered support for the ban, which may prompt other cities in the United States to propose such bans in their respected councils.