Ban Leg-Hold Traps in Canada
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Scared, hungry, thirsty, sick, cold, and trapped for days; this is the reality for animals caught in leg-hold traps. Yet in Canada, every province and territory still has legal leg-hold traps. The problem these traps have is the abrupt force put onto an animals limb, leaving the animal in extreme pain. The animals caught in leg-hold traps are left trapped in a panic for days, and sometimes even up to a week.
Leg-hold traps are used to kill coyotes (one example) for the trim around the hoods of Canada Goose jackets. Canada Goose claims they receive their fur from "ethical" sources. Is leaving an animal immobilized, keeping them from eating, caring for their young, or finding shelter ethical? Is leaving coyotes trapped to die of dehydration, infection, disease, and/or frostbite ethical? Is shooting the coyote, after being stuck in a leg-hold trap for days, or a week, ethical? In some cases, animals have chewed off their own limbs in order to free themselves from the trap, leaving them with broken bones and teeth.
Leg-hold traps are not an ethical way in which an animal can be killed. In some cases, the leg-hold traps can close on other parts of animals, such as their heads. There have also been cases where domesticated animals, such as dogs, have been found caught in these traps. In January 2017, there were 5 different cases in which a pet cat and 4 pet dogs were caught in traps meant to catch animals for fur. Out of these 5 cases, one dog died, one dog broke his neck, and the others were left with minor injuries.
By banning leg-hold traps, we can begin a movement to completely ban genuine fur in Canada. For now, coyotes at least deserve the chance to die in a more "ethical" (loosely used words) way.
Animals deserve the right to not be used and killed only for a fur trim. They deserve a life where they choose their actions and roam around freely without the chance of having a leg-hold trap snap on their legs.
Canada Goose not only represents their brand negatively, but most importantly all of Canada. Our name is on their logo. I stand with PETA in supporting the end to leg-hold traps. I support an end to the use of fur for clothing. Join me.
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