Ban Cruel Trapping on Public Land


Target: Robert J. Mitchell, Minister for Communities, Land, and Environment, Prince Edward Island

Goal: Ban barbaric steel-jaw traps from public land.

A dog is dead after being caught in a beaver trap laid out on public land. The dog was out for a walk with its owner in a relatively uninhabited part of Prince Edward Island, a Canadian province. The dog’s owner struggled to free her screeching and wailing Yorkie mix from the trap as it’s tongue began to turn blue. She was unable to free the dog, so she held it as it died.

Traps are a cruel and torturous way to control wildlife that can often maim and kill untargeted animals. Most commonly used are steel-jaw traps, classified as inhumane by the American Veterinary Medical Association. These snares cut into the trapped animals’ flesh, sometimes leaving them alive and in excruciating pain for hours or even days before their deaths. This type of trap has been banned in 88 countries as well as in several U.S. states.

Each year, animals including dogs, cats, birds, and even endangered species are caught in these indiscriminate snares. Even if these traps are only used to kill targeted animals, they are still unnecessarily cruel. This incident has renewed a call by welfare group Animal Justice for the complete ban on these torturous devices.

In order to save countless animals from unnecessary pain and suffering, we must stop using these traps. There are several more humane ways to control wildlife. Sign the petition below to demand that the province ban these barbaric traps.


Dear Mr. Mitchell,

A dog recently died in its owners arms after being caught in a beaver trap. The owner was unable to free her screeching and struggling dog from the trap, which was set out on public land. Though this trap was intended to catch beavers, traps like these can often pose a threat to dogs, cats, birds, and even endangered species.

These traps can mangle and maim animals, leaving them to suffer for hours or even days. There exist many more humane methods of controlling wildlife, and these indiscriminate and torturous snares should therefore be banned. We, the undersigned, demand that these steel-jaw traps are banned for use on public land.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Robert Lawton

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  1. Eugene W Sengstake Jr says:

    Private trappers on public lands – federal “Wildlife Services” everywhere – it makes no difference – they are all a bunch of despicable bastards and they are free to do almost whatever they want – as if “we” average American citizens could actually do anything to legally stop them. Like our elected “representatives” in reality actually represent “us”??? – and our vote actually makes a difference!!??? Who’s kidding who? What a great country we live in!!! What a joke – – –

  2. Denise Devereux says:

    To the Human Race – “Think occasionally of suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”
    Mr. Mitchell, “The greatness of a nation and its morale progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – Mahatma Gandhi


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