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CRUSHING CRUELTY: A Sobering Report on Animal Trapping in the United States

The report’s findings present a sobering insight into trapping in the U.S., which causes suffering and death to millions of animals each year, and reveals the need for a ban on trap sales.

BORN FREE USA: Crushing Cruelty: Animal Trapping in the United States amends and updates work carried out in 2017 and provides each state with a score out of 100 based on its action to protect animals from cruel trapping. The report’s findings present a sobering insight into trapping in the U.S., which causes suffering and death to millions of animals each year, and reveals the need for a ban on trap sales, a complete regulatory overhaul of trapping nationwide – including an immediate end to trapping on public lands – and for plans to be implemented to move towards generalized prohibition of trapping across the nation.

The report provides each state with a score out of 100 based on its action to protect animals from cruel trapping. Only two states scored above 50/100, and almost half of the states scored just 25/100 or under… You can download your state’s trapping report card and contact your governor about trapping in your state…

Multiple states promote cruel drowning as a “humane” killing method for trapped animals, despite it being specifically stated by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that this drowning is categorically inhumane. In addition, advice for killing trapped animals found in commercially available trapping guides suggest that using wooden clubs to beat trapped animals to death is standard practice…

Traps can be purchased from a number of retailers, such as hunting supply stores, farm supply stores, and online retailers including Amazon and eBay. The wide availability of traps for sale online means that there appears to be no meaningful restriction on anyone purchasing a trap, even for use in illegal trapping activities – such as bear trapping. Please sign the petition to Amazon – the largest online retailer in the U.S. – urging it to remove animal traps from its website. SOURCE…

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