Statewide Trapping Report Card Hands Nevada an “F”

Every year 3-5 million animals are trapped for their fur in the United States. The efficacy of traps in wildlife management, as well as their general humaneness, remain hotly debated issues in the world of biology.

Born Free USA, a wildlife advocacy group, recently released their 2017 Trapping Report, detailing each state’s trapping policies and regulations. The report assigns a letter grade based on trap types allowed, trapper requirements, trap check times, and species restrictions. Sadly, Nevada was one of the 14 states that received an “F”.

More than 100 countries (but only 7 US states) have banned or restricted the use of steel leghold traps, which the American Veterinary Medical Association and World Veterinary Association deem inhumane, but Nevada currently does not restrict the use of serrated (teeth-having) leghold traps.

Nevada also has lax rules on trap checking times, mandating that traps not designed to kill immediately only have to be checked every 96 hours. Whilst trapped, animals have drowned, starved to death, been killed and eaten by other predators, and attempted to chew off their own legs to escape. Bobcats and coyotes can be legally trapped in the state, and black bears and mountain lions remain at risk due to the indiscriminate nature of traps. If you oppose Nevada’s trapping policies, you can urge our senators to vote on federal bills banning certain kinds of traps and spread awareness about buying furs.

Learn more at bornfreeusa.org/trapcampaign.

Aaron Huelsman

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