Wildlife Trapping: Why the Distinction?

Porcupine, a non-targeted species who can easily be caught in lethal traps.

It seems mind-boggling that lethal trapping of wildlife, including leg hold traps and poisoning, is legal. If these methods were applied to domesticated animals, they would be illegal in nearly every state. Yet some states have made such trapping a constitutional right, including Idaho, while several others have similar amendments protecting hunting, fishing and, in some cases, trapping.

Why the distinction between wild and domesticated species? There is no difference in the experience of pain and stress between the two groups so the answer must lie in the human capacity to compartmentalize ethics. We do it even with our own species, distinguishing between groups of people based on racial and/or socioeconomic criteria, and assigning rights based upon some preconceived notion of their value.

What a sad statement on the “civilized” behavior of our species and worst still, how utterly inhumane for the wild animals with whom we share this planet.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the curtailment of lethal trapping and poisoning, please consider the following:

Footloose Montana

Trap Free Oregon

Trap Free New Mexico

Born Free USA

Sierra Club


Center for Biological Diversity

3 thoughts on “Wildlife Trapping: Why the Distinction?

  1. Reblogged this on Oakmoss Education and commented:

    Another great organization working to ban trapping has been added to this post. Trap Free New Mexico works in the range of the Mexican Gray Wolf, the Earth’s most endangered wolf, and as such needs every possible protection.

  2. Think we may need to go further by working to rid elections of the monetary influence of corporations and special interests, along with reforming how wildlife management agencies are funded from hunting/trapping licensing fees.

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