Safe Trails
Danger: Trapping Ahead

State-Specific Trapping Issues

While we are working on trapping issues throughout the country, these seven Western States are highlighted because they have some of the weakest trapping regulations in the country.

There is widespread agreement among veterinarians, biologists and the general public that the primary traps used today — legholds, Conibears and snares — are both inhumane and indiscriminate. Traps pose a serious hazard to non-targeted species, including family cats and dogs and threatened and endangered species.

Born Free USA's groundbreaking undercover investigation inside the world of trapping, "Victims of Vanity," demonstrates that recreational and commercial fur trapping is a highly unregulated practice that lacks adequate oversight and enforcement.

The damage that traps inflict on wildlife seems completely incompatible with the state wildlife departments' responsibility to protect wildlife and to serve the public interest. We need stronger laws governing trapping.

Our position is not radical. Twelve states prohibit the use of snares, nine states prohibit the use of Conibear traps on land, eight states have banned or severely restricted steel jaw leghold traps, and more than 80 countries worldwide have banned leghold traps completely.

Born Free USA's State Trapping Report Card tracks key common-sense trapping regulations (or lack thereof) that have the greatest potential impact on animal welfare and wildlife conservation, and are of greatest concern to the public. States are given a letter grade based on those regulations.

For specific rules and regulations, check your state's fish and wildlife agencies.

Some of the best work to help protect animals from traps is being done at the state and municipal levels. "Think global and work local" holds true when working on trapping issues. Born Free USA can help »