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Stop animal trapping – a cruel, dangerous, inhumane activity
End Cruel Trapping
Trapping is a cruel and dangerous activity threatening native wildlife, humans, and companion animals. Traps are indiscriminate, which means nearly any animal whose feet touch the ground can trigger them—whether it’s an endangered species like the Mexican wolf, a bald eagle, or a family dog. Traps are also inhumane, exposing animals to psychological trauma, dehydration, excruciating pain, injury, self-amputation, depredation, and a slow death.
The public generally abhors trapping, yet many states persist not only in permitting it, but allowing it to happen largely unregulated. In New Mexico, for instance, trappers aren’t required to report the non-target wildlife they capture and kill, and the state imposes no limits on how many animals can be killed by licensed trappers. Montana has no trap check requirement except in limited areas where we forced them to implement a check through litigation.
WildEarth Guardians is campaigning against the vicious practice of trapping, our own and in coalition with partners. By ending trapping on our public lands, we will make our public lands safe and enjoyable for recreationists and wildlife.
Learn More About Trapping
Find out why it’s long past time to end trapping; what types of traps exist; and how to keep your pets safe from indiscriminate traps hidden on our public lands.
Make Our Public Lands Cruelty-Free
Tell your elected officials to End the War on Wildlife. Stand with wildlife against the cruel and ecologically destructive practices of the federal wildlife-killing agency, Wildlife Services.
How You Can Help
Help protect the incredible, vulnerable wildlife of the West! Be a guardian for the wild by joining the conversation, learning about current issues, and making your voice heard. Together, we're a powerful force for nature.
Recent Stories From Wildlife
“Take a child hunting, fishing or trapping.” Hunting and angling – when done right and informed by the best available science – are fair-chase pursuits of food and learning. Trapping is, at best, a financial net-zero activity that perpetuates cruelty, privatizes a public resource, and endangers the safety of people, companion animals and imperiled species.Read more >
After a federal judge renewed endangered species protections for all grizzly bears in September, state, tribal and federal agencies are trying to decide their next move. If there is no appeal, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee will need to decide how to deal with both the Yellowstone and NCDE populations.Read more >