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.
We the undersigned urge you to revise trapping legislation to ban the use of traps and snares which injure and harm animals.
Despite claims by trappers that animals die quickly in snares, leg-hold traps and conibear traps, the evidence is clear that this is often not the case. These traps are designed to hold a wild, panicked animal who will fight for their life to escape. In the process, video footage has shown that trapped animals will break teeth and bones - and even wring off their own limbs. This is completely unacceptable.
In addition to being cruel to animals, traps are also dangerous. Traps and snares are indiscriminate and have been responsible for the pain and suffering of hundreds of other animals including non-target wildlife like owls, hawks, eagles, ravens, deer, turtles and even people's pets.
I urge you to take swift action
and to demonstrate to the rest of Canada that Ontario is committed to the humane treatment of wildlife.
Please update the current trapping regulations to prohibit the use of all snares and body-gripping traps immediately. We also demand that all traplines be posted so the public is aware they are there and that all types of traps be clearly labelled with the trapper's identification.
Thank you for your consideration.
All the undersigned.