Ban cruel snares and restraint trapping
  • Petitioning Honourable Minister Greg Rickford

This petition will be delivered to:

Federal Minister of Natural Resouces
Honourable Minister Greg Rickford
Minister of Natural Resources Ontario
Minister Bill Mauro

Ban cruel snares and restraint trapping

    1. Paula Tough
    2. Petition by

      Paula Tough

      Katrine, Canada

This picture is a young Algonquin wolf I came across just feet from a well travelled snowmobile trail while walking my dogs the end of Jan 2014. He had been there for days from the evidence of the surroundings and the severity of the wound.  

Snaring is a type of trapping that captures an animal with a notched steel cable that slowly tightens never loosening. Restraint trapping is using a device to hold the animal until disbatched by the trapper. Animals panic and fight even severing limbs. Traps are to be checked daily or twice a week for traps thought to capture an animal around the neck and therefore called quick kill traps. This wolf was caught by the hind leg by a neck snare intended for a different species.  It was legal according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and was not required to be checked daily.

I demand that there be an immediate ban on the cruel and unnecessary use of snares and restraint type traps and that all traps be clearly labelled with the trapper's identification and that all traplines be posted to warn and protect the public and their pets.

Trapping is poorly regulated, dependent on weather and predictable animal behaviour, which is impossible. Trapping success also depends on the correct species wandering in to it. Research has shown that there is a very high number of unintentional animals caught - including family pets. Traplines don't have to be posted and are rampant in publicly accessible crown land.  You may have already walked, skied or snowshoed past traps.

We live in modern times and the old inhumane practices of snaring and restraining an animal in an inhumane way needs to be abolished.  The public demands safety and accountability in its crown lands and conservation areas. We demand kinder treatment of the creatures we share this planet with.

Recent signatures


    1. news story on Kitchi's release and progress

      Paula Tough
      Petition Organizer
      Snared in a trap line, three-legged wolf gets new lease on life

      Parry Sound North Star When it was discovered, caught in a snare, each attempt to escape pushing the dull wire further and further into the soft flesh of his leg, and saved by a caring passerby, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary weren't sure if the wolf ensnared in a trap line would survive.

    2. Kitchi's release

      Paula Tough
      Petition Organizer

      Release of the coywolf

      Updated about a week ago

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    3. Reached 40,000 signatures
    4. link for trapping standards

      Paula Tough
      Petition Organizer

      The Fur-Bearer Defenders

      5 hrs ·

      Learn the truth about the AIHTS - trapping is not humane. It never has been and never will be.

      Warning: graphic content!

    5. Kitchi...Algonquin for brave.

      Paula Tough
      Petition Organizer
      Snared- A Wolf Named Kitchi. | Coyote Watch Canada

      This is one woman's story of courage, witnessing and compassion about a wolf that was trapped in a neck snare. Paula Tough shares in her own words what she did next when she happened upon a wolf, just feet away from a snow mobile trail, in distress.

    6. share and discuss on twitter

      Paula Tough
      Petition Organizer

      Paula Tough ‏@ToughPaula

    7. Reached 30,000 signatures
    8. Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary speaks out on trapping

      Paula Tough
      Petition Organizer
      Trap lines inhumane, unethical

      Parry Sound North Star Re: Snared coyote, mountain from molehill letter to the editor published February. 19. Following recent criticism from trappers after a cross-country skier rescued a snared and maimed wolf, I would like to point out that just because such snares meet international or local regulations does not mean they are appropriate.

    9. Reached 25,000 signatures
    10. Response from the Trappers association

      Paula Tough
      Petition Organizer

      Great to know that even in 'accidents' like this that this suffering animal (whoops I mean 'HARVEST') should not have been illegally taken from the snare it was clearly forgotten in. Thank you to the The Burks Falls Trappers Council for reminding us this is an ethical practice and being gracious enough not to fine my mother over it.
      [In case this could be misunderstood, COMPLETE sarcasm]

      Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

      Here's the response from the Burk's Falls Trappers Council about the wolf rescued from a snare by Paula Tough.

      Trap line signs posted after snared wolf taken to Aspen Valley sanctuary

      Parry Sound North Star A full investigation by The Parry Sound Enforcement Branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources has concluded that a coy-wolf was accidentally injured by properly set, legal, neck snare due to highly fluctuating snow depths resulting in a leg hold catch.

    11. Proof of the indiscriminate nature of snaring

      Paula Tough
      Petition Organizer

      Deer spotted with snare wrapped around neck

    12. Reached 2,500 signatures
    13. Wolf caught in snare loses leg

      Paula Tough
      Petition Organizer

      Paula Tough shared Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary's photo.

      about an hour ago


      I was dreading this and am sick about it. . She is an innocent who is suffering because of an act of cruelty by man, she will have to live her days with a handicap. I know she must be released, as per MNR's rules or she will have to be euthanize


      After having it's leg caught in a trappers snare last week it was found necessary to amputate the leg today. The surgery went well and the wolf is now recovering. We will provide further updates when they are available.

    14. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kathy Dottery HARRISBURG, PA
      • 3 days ago

      this country is a real disgrace to animals .these animals are snared to suffer for days , how is that even fair.

    • David Delbruck VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 7 days ago

      Because I strongly beleive against hunting animals for no reason and that adding snares to the "sport" is cruel.

      • 16 days ago

      car l'homme est cruel contre l'animal. j'ai honte de fairepartie de cette espèce

    • Peter ramrattan SCARBORO, CANADA
      • 17 days ago

      it is cruelty

    • Annette Schulz JORDAN, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • 19 days ago

      Its deplorable how we treat animals. If we are going to use them for fur or food, then lets hold ourself to the highest standards of humaneness and compassion.


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