POLL: Should fur trapping be banned in California and other states?

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Conservationists and animal advocates are applauding the introduction of legislation in California that would ban fur trapping throughout the state once and for all.

The bill (AB 273), which was just introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, would protect furbearing animals from commercial trapping in the state, which isn’t just causing the suffering of target animals who are caught, but also puts non-target animals, including threatened and endangered species, people and pets at risk – and it’s costing taxpayers far more than it’s worth.

“Not only does the cruel fur trapping trade decimate our increasingly vulnerable wildlife populations, running this program doesn’t even make fiscal policy sense,”said Assemblywoman Gonzalez.“Taxpayers are subsidizing this unnecessary commercial activity because the cost of managing this program isn’t even covered by the revenue from trapping license fees.”

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According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, which has been compiling data on trappers since the early 1950s, the 133 licenses that were issued only generated $15,000 to the department, which Gonzalez noted in a statement doesn’t even begin to cover a fraction of the cost of running the program.

Not only that, but the revenue is also far exceeded by what people are spending to watch California’s wildlife. Unfortunately, trapping has continued to put furbearing animals at risk, from gray foxes and coyotes, to mink, muskrats, beavers, raccoons and opossums, among others, and as bill points out, because trapping is concentrated in certain areas it threatens to wipe out species being targeted, which takes away wildlife viewing opportunities and harms local ecosystems – especially when top predators are removed.

Sadly, it’s all for nothing more than pelts sold in foreign markets that are worth dollars to trappers.

While this bill is bound to face opposition, it’s already got the backing of organizations including the Center for Biological Diversity and Social Compassion in Legislation, which are both cosponsoring it, and will hopefully get enough public support to pass.

“California’s ecosystem is among the most fragile in the world, and our wildlife is already under constant threat from wildfire, drought, and development – the last thing they need is to try to survive an outdated and heartless fur trapping policy that only benefits a wealthy few overseas,” said Judie Mancuso, Founder and President of Social Compassion in Legislation. “Californians want to protect our wildlife, and this bill does just that. I urge the legislature to pass it quickly on behalf of the animals across our state, and the people who care about them.”

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You can show your support for California’s furbearing animals by signing and sharing the petition asking lawmakers to pass this legislation.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 28 Jan 2019.


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Donald walter
Donald walter

Take a lesson from Colorado, coyotes are attacking livestock, pets and small children. Trapping ban let the population explode. People walking their small to mid sized dogs are losing them to coyote attacks.

Kelly Francis
Kelly Francis

Trapping is a wonderful and good thing. It removes surplus animals from the ecosystem that have exceeded the carrying capacity, thereby no longer existing in the “breeding stock” but instead carrying over to the “surplus stock.” Harvesting wild furbearers provides not only an economic component to many families but also is a Better food source in than you could ever buy in the fanciest Manhattan restaurant. Fur harvesting pursuits in North America are 100% highly regulated (that means in all cases) and have nothing to do with “fur farming” in any way.

Diane
Diane

Who on earth are these people that think fur trapping should continue. It’s barbaric and cruel. Why do they want to wear the skins of other animals. It is never a reasonable option and there are materials other than petrochemical derived – flax for example, cotton, bamboo – I could go on. Animal skins belong on animals, not humans!!

David Smith
David Smith

Ridiculous. Trapping is neither barbaric nor cruel. You simply don’t now what you’re talking about. Additionally, you synthetic fur is MUCH more harmful and toxic to the environment than natural fur. Educate yourself before offering an opinion.

Kelly Francis
Kelly Francis

100% Agree

Case
Case

I don’t know…. I feel that fur is a reasonable option for those looking for a renewable resource and not petro based.

mfrazier74@hotmail.com

Absolutely – Ban it all over the world. Anyone who finds pleasure in wearing the skin of animals has major problems. And putting wild animals AND domestic(!) thru the pain & trauma of these traps? What kind of human gets enough profit out of it to make up for that???

Diane
Diane

Totally agree.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Fur belongs on whom it was born, not by the vain and frivolous worn

Diane
Diane

A great little ditty which completely makes the point!