Trapping wild animals like this marmot for the fur trade is simply barbaric!
Glorifying fur trapping is barbaric. Few would expect, therefore, to find an article in a travel magazine that does just that. AFAR Magazine recently published a story on Quebec City by travel journalist Jennifer Kahn in which she glorifies fur trapping and marvels at pelts from beavers, wolves, ermines, and lynx.
Millions of animals are trapped and killed each year for their skins and fur—animals sacrificed so their bodies can be used as fashion statements. No animal should be sacrificed for fashion.
Trappers use one of three types of traps: the most popular is the steel-jaw leghold trap, but the Conibear® and snare traps are also used. Not one of these trapping methods is considered humane; not one of them instantly kills the trapped animal; and not one of these traps should still be used in today’s society. Animals caught in any of these traps are ensnared in excruciating pain until the trapper returns to bludgeon, suffocate, or shoot the animal before skinning him or her.
Hours could pass, or days, or sometimes even weeks before a trapper returns to check the traps. Many times, the entangled animals die from exposure to extreme weather, predation, or starvation. Desperate, panicking animals have been known to break bones, including legs, backs, and necks trying to escape. Some—particularly mothers—attempt to chew off their legs in an attempt to return home to their babies.
Please send a polite note to the magazine expressing your concern about their carrying a story that glorifies the killing of animals for fashion. Suggest, instead, they carry stories of wild animals in their natural setting as that is the humane way to enjoy the coats of beavers, wolves, ermines, lynx, and other fur-bearing animals.
Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, Executive Vice President
Bryan Kinkade, Vice President
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