There are numerous ways that you can make a positive difference in the treatment and management of fur-bearers in Canada. From donating to volunteering to sharing your experiences with fur-bearing animals, there are several opportunities to get involved, give wildlife a voice, and help combat the archaic and inhumane practices of commercial trapping.
In addition to this educational series, we have created, in conjunction with the Fur-Bearers, an informative investigative documentary called Trapped In the Past that you can watch to learn more about the trapping industry. You can learn more about this documentary in the section below.
Outside of our educational efforts, we are striving to get a seat at the table in policy development and decision making for trapping outside of Indigenous rights which are protected under section 35 of the Constitution Act. We are also looking closer at the laws and regulations surrounding killing neck snares in hopes of either increasing their effectiveness and humaneness or having them banned in Canada altogether. You can get involved in our efforts by either donating, volunteering, or sharing our efforts.
Science now shows us that the hundreds of thousands of snares and many other styles of traps set legally across the Canadian wilderness every winter to catch, hold, and kill fur-bearing animals like wolves, foxes, and lynx. In partnership with The Fur-Bearers, we have put together a hard-hitting, eye-opening, investigative documentary, Trapped in the Past: Does Canada’s Trapping Industry Need Change?. This documentary takes aim at the archaic, unethical, and inhumane practices of Canada's commercial trapping industry.
During this documentary, expert ex-trappers and seasoned wildlife biologists such as Gilbert Proulx, Carter Niemeyer, and Max Foran will guide you through the nuances of Canada’s commercial trapping industry. After watching, you will be equipped with the information you need to give fur-bearer animals across Canada a voice and help stop these brutal practices.
Keep you, your children, and pets safer by knowing where trap lines are in your area. Trap lines can be located steps away from popular areas including trails and campsites. They can also be located on private property near where you live or recreate. With little to no signage requirements, it can be hard to know when you are in trapline territory. Be sure to plan ahead and know if there are going to be traps present in your area by contacting your representative from the Canadian Fur Management Committee.
Taking your pets onto trails and into the backcountry has its risks. When hiking or recreating with your dog on private and public land, it is recommended to keep them on leash at all times to keep them safer. Not only will this reduce the likelihood of a dog bringing an apex predator back to you, but it also reduces the chances of them getting caught in a trap. Knowing how to release pets from traps may save their lives in the event they are caught in a trap. You can watch an instructional video from the Fur-Bearers on this here.
The Trapped In the Past Campaign empowers you to end the suffering and save the lives of countless fur-bearing animals. This is made possible by working together to ban the use of killing neck snares for commercial trapping purposes. Your donation today will ensure that our campaign, outreach, education, and advocacy efforts are funded, that fur-bearing animals are given a voice, and positive change is created in trapping regulations.
Help be a part of the solution to wildlife coexistence and conservation by making a one-time donation or becoming a monthly donor today.
Please note that we are currently in the process of obtaining charitable status. As a result, we are unable to issue tax receipts at this time. We appreciate your support while we work towards becoming a registered charity.
From working on policy, law, and advocacy to developing engaging communication strategies to conducting educational outreach, there are several opportunities available to volunteer in support of fur-bearers. Head to our volunteer page to see current opportunities or send us a message at email@example.com to express your interest in volunteering.
To express your concerns regarding the use of neck snares and other traps, we recommend that you contact your local municipality, MLA, or MPP. You can use your own experiences and/or information from this Series or the Trapped In the Past documentary within your letter. Areas that you may want to touch on in your letter include but is not limited to: making trapline signage mandatory, increasing regulations of traplines, making trapline bycatch reporting required and publicly available, and opening trapping regulation decisions to the public for feedback.
You've reached the end of this series! We hope you feel more informed, and better prepared to discuss the topics covered to help educate those around you.