15 March 2011

Undercover investigation uncovers archaic and brutal animal trapping practices

A shocking investigation from Born Free USA, has unearthed some gruesome discoveries in the world of fur trapping. The landmark campaign, named Victims of Vanity, was compiled in woods and farms in Pennsylvania, and reveals shocking evidence of cruelty and brutality by the trappers including illegal snaring, drowning, chest crushing and suffocation methods used to kill the animals as well as many ‘non target’ animals (including family cats and dogs) who are not required to be reported by most states.

“Born Free USA launched this investigation to shed light on a horrific, highly unregulated, inhumane and dangerous industry,” said Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA. “Commercial fur trapping dates back to the early 1600’s and has hardly changed. It remains barbaric and many people are not even aware that this is going on inmost of the US.”

Wildlife biologist and Senior Program Associate, Monica Engebretson said, “Methods used to kill trapped animals would violate anti-cruelty laws in most states in inflicted intentionally upon domestic cats or dogs. This investigation demonstrates that despite years of research, there are no significant advances in reducing collateral damage – the non-target animals captured in traps set for other species.”

The investigation goes on to show conversations of trappers discussing illegal methods of trapping, video footage of the fur shed where the animals are fleshed, and the auctions where the pelts are sold.

Born Free USA is working to protect wildlife and encourage stricter laws on trapping in this country – to see more on there work please visit their website.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: BornFreeUSA.org