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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, on 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.

Help End Trapping on Our Public Lands

Watch our new film to learn more.

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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.

End Trapping in New Mexico

New Mexico persists in condoning trapping, despite extensive public outcry. We’re working to make New Mexico’s public lands trap-free.

Types of Traps

Educate yourself about the different types of traps (and discover why they are so incredibly cruel).

Keep Your Pets Safe

We’re fighting for a day when traps no longer litter our public lands. Until then, find out how to free your dog from a leg-hold trap.

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.

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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.

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March 31, 2022

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