Types of animal traps – learn what they are, why they are inhumane, and how to save your pets
Types of Traps
Traps do not discriminate between species and often non-target animals are caught. They can capture or kill threatened and endangered species, birds, domestic animals, and even humans.
Restraining Traps Versus Kill Traps
Leg-hold traps, a type of restraining trap consisting of two jaws that clamp onto an animal’s leg or foot, are so abhorrent that 80 countries and some U.S. states (including Arizona, California, and Colorado) have essentially banned them.
Some propose that if the purpose of capturing an animal is to kill it, then kill traps may be more suitable because the animal is not left in pain, in shock, dehydrated, and at risk for predation, but kill traps are enormously faulty. They can cause a slow, painful, and stressful death for both trapped animals and those that manage to escape the trap. The American Veterinary Medical Association has weighed in against kill traps, noting that they are controversial because they can produce a prolonged, stressful death not within the AVMA’s criteria for euthanasia (2007).
Make Our Public Lands Cruelty-Free
Tell your elected officials to End the War on Wildlife and that you stand with wildlife against the cruel and ecologically destructive practices of 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
WildEarth Guardians will not sit idle while the voices of the majority of Coloradoans who voted for wolves to return to the state are lost to the process
The gray wolf roamed Montana for thousands of years, balancing ecosystems in the wild places that many of us cherish today.Read more >
Green Peter Reservoir will be lowered to historic levels this fall and early winter, during which period its dam generators will cease to produce electric power, in an effort to preserve young Chinook salmon and steelhead, a federal judge has ordered.Read more >