|Grizzly Adams, circa 1860|
Photo Credit: www.legendsofamerica.com
Now who is buying? When is the last time you saw bobcat trimmed coats or heard a friend wishing she had a beaver hat?
Turns out that China and Russia consider fur-trimmed coats quite fashionable. You read that right. Our American wildlife is being massively killed - in an excruciatingly inhumane way - so that folks in China and Russia can wear them.
It's not just the wildlife either. From the Outside article:
"In the past two years, there have been hundreds, perhaps thousands, of incidents of dogs and cats getting caught in traps…these non target species, in trapping lingo, have become unintended victims…"
A Google search for "dog dies in trap" produced over 4 million results. These stories are too awful - in one case a 12-year old boy in Idaho watched his dog die in a trap as his parents tried frantically to save her. The image search was heartbreaking. Those images aren't shared here. If you want to see them, they're on Google.
Ready to help? Start by signing the Change.org petition asking the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of U.S. Wildlife Services to ban trapping in the United States. And anything you can do to increase awareness will help environmental groups get a ban in place. According to the Outside article, precious little success has been had at the state level.