A slow and painful death

Millions of fur animals – raccoons, foxes, raccoon dogs and several other animal species, are caught in jaw traps and nooses every year. The animals never die straight away. Primarily trappers in the U.S., in the G.U.S. states, and in Canada still use the jaw traps and spring traps prohibited in Europe. These traps snap on to the animals’ legs in order to not destroy their fur. The „jaws“ of the traps snap shut as soon as the triggering mechanism is activated. Thus caught, the animals often fight for their lives for hours or even days on end. Often enough, the animals die of exhaustion, hunger, thirst or their injuries – or then they are killed by other animals. During their vain attempts to free themselves, they tear wounds into their own flesh and sprain or break their own limbs. Many animals even bite off their own legs or paws.


The fur industry refers to these traps as „humane traps“ that do not kill the animals immediately. Traps do not allow for targeted hunting. Up to 75% of the animals caught in traps are "caught by mistake", i.e. animals are caught that the fur industry cannot use; among them, animals that are at a threat of extinction and must therefore be protected under all circumstances. Often enough, domestic animals also perish painfully in such traps.



Steel hell

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The gnawed off paw of a lynx...


Trapped fur animals