SIERRA CLUB OPPOSED TO FUR TRADE’S STEEL TRAPS
The Sierra Club in America has recently announced that it is opposed to the use of indiscriminate and cruel traps such as the leghold trap.
It’s policy (see below) refers to the indicriminate nature of these traps – something Respect for Animals has been highlighting for many years. It also calls attention to the pain and suffering endured by animals caught in these cruel devices.
Formed in 1892, the Sierra Club is the biggest and most influential grassroots environmental organisation in the USA.
Commenting on the Sierra Club’s new policy, Mark Glover said: ‘It is time for the fur trade to wake up to what everyone else is seeing. Trapping is cruel and the fur trade’s crimes against nature will not be tolerated. Anyone buying fur is helping to perpetuate this unnecessary cruelty and we urge everyone to turn their backs on this bloody business.’
Sierra Club’s Policy on Trapping of Wildlife, 19 May 2012
Use of body-gripping devices* – including leghold traps, snares, and Conibear® traps – are indiscriminate to age, sex and species and typically result in injury, pain, suffering, and/or death of target and non-target animals.
The Sierra Club considers body-gripping, restraining and killing traps and snares to be ecologically indiscriminate and unnecessarily inhumane and therefore opposes their use. The Sierra Club promotes and supports humane, practical and effective methods of mitigating human-wildlife conflicts and actively discourages the use of inhumane and indiscriminate methods.