Shocking Undercover Investigation Lays Bare the Horrifying Cruelty of Animal Trapping

Shocking Undercover Investigation Lays Bare the Horrifying Cruelty of Animal Trapping



A recently released undercover investigation, led by animal welfare and conservation non-profit Born Free USA, in collaboration with the Humane Society of the United States and Human Society International, has exposed the horrifying cruelty of animal trapping in the United States.

The work has led to renewed calls for the introduction of the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act as an important step toward protecting animals across the country.

The Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act was reintroduced in Congress in July 2021.

Championed by Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR, Co-Chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus), this vital legislation would ban body-gripping traps – including steel-jaw leg hold traps, Conibear traps, and strangulation neck snares – within U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System.

The National Refuge System Should be a Safe Haven for Wildlife and was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 and now encompasses 567 refuges, as well as further 38 wetlands management districts, which, together, comprise 95 million acres of land.

Within the system, more than 296 threatened and endangered species are conserved across 356 of the individual refuges.

Born Free USA’s undercover investigator went out on trap lines with veteran trappers. Many of the animals found in traps were still alive, and the trappers proceeded to beat the animals in an attempt to kill them. Photo: Born Free USA / Humane Society of the United States / Humane Society International.
Born Free USA’s undercover investigator went out on trap lines with veteran trappers. Many of the animals found in traps were still alive, and the trappers proceeded to beat the animals in an attempt to kill them. Photo: Born Free USA / Humane Society of the United States / Humane Society International.

This article by Dr. Liz Tyson, Born Free USA Programs Director was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 23 June 2022. Lead Image Source : Lars Schmidt-Eisenlohr/Shutterstock.


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