VANCOUVER - The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (APFA) sends out an alert to prevent casualties of beloved companion animals. According to the APFA, dogs, cats and people are at serious risk for harm or even death with trapping season beginning in British Columbia.
“Every October, we begin receiving horror stories of dogs and cats being found in the clutches of these cruel traps,” says Lesley Fox, Executive Director at APFA. “There are no regulations requiring signage of traps in an area; there are no regulations requiring owner identification on traps. In fact, there is no way for a trapper to ensure a family pet – or even a child – will not be caught and tortured in these barbaric devices.”
The APFA explains that there has been an annual increase in the number of companion animals caught, injured or killed by legal leg-hold, Conibear and body gripping traps throughout Canada.
During the month of January of this year, Adrian Nelson, Director of Communications for the Association, said that "in addition to wild animals that are trapped for their fur, dogs, cats, birds and even endangered species can fall victim to steel traps." Nelson sent out a warning also for Children, skiers, snowshoers, hikers and other recreationists need to be vigilant and prudent around the area. "The regulations surrounding trap check times are weak, and there is no need for a trapper to signal or identify the location of traps. These devices are cruel, dangerous and indiscriminate."
“The provincial government has failed to do anything to protect families and communities from the hidden dangers of trapping,” explained Lesley Fox Executive Director for the APFA. “It often comes down to municipalities to decide what is best for their residents: appeasing a small, for-profit industry, or keeping families safe.”
APFA has prepared videos and documents that will teach residents how to open a variety of traps in case the worst should happen. But every year, more family members are killed.