Written by Michelle Kretzer
Steel-jaw traps don't discriminate—they'll snap their sharp
metal teeth shut on the limb of anyone who is unfortunate enough to step on
them. A raccoon in Portsmouth, Virginia, was one recent victim.
The innocent raccoon was scurrying through
the grass in a quiet neighborhood when he suddenly collapsed, his body racked
with pain. As the serrated teeth of a steel-jaw trap ground into his muscles,
he began frantically trying to escape, even attempting to chew off his own limb.
But as he thrashed, he became lodged in a resident's fence.
When the homeowners discovered the grisly scene, they
immediately called both animal control and PETA. Our Community Animal Project fieldworkers rushed to the home and helped
the animal control officer gently free the suffering raccoon from the fence and
the cruel trap. The officer then whisked him back to the animal control office and
quickly ended his misery. Unfortunately, none of the neighbors knew who had set
the trap, and our fieldworkers couldn't find the culprit despite canvassing the
Steel-jaw traps are some of the cruelest and most
ineffective methods of
wildlife control in existence. PETA offers
a wealth of information on how to easily and humanely keep raccoons and other animals at bay without endangering
other wildlife, companion animals, and people.
Written by PETA
There are two things I really like about the story that hit the wires this week reporting New York’s recent ban on anal and genital electrocution of animals for fur. The first thing’s kind of obvious: Animals on fur farms in New York won’t be electrocuted any more (they’ll still suffer, but their deaths will now, hopefully, be just a bit less painful). In case you haven’t kept up to date on electrocution techniques, this isn’t like sticking your finger into a wall socket: The fur farmers attach one electrode to the fox’s or raccoon’s ear or muzzle and stick the other one in the animal’s anus or vagina. The result is a dagger-like heart attack without loss of consciousness. On one fur farm we investigated, the farmer plugged the chinchillas into the wall socket and timed it by listening to a song on the radio—then skinned them without checking to see if they were dead.
But the thing that should be really remarkable for most people reading this story is not the fact that New York has banned electrocution—but the implication that this is still legal everywhere else. That’s right. New York is now the only state where anally and genitally electrocuting fur-bearing animals (fur farmers do it this way so they won’t damage the pelts) could get you into trouble.
As my friend Melissa put it when she was interviewed for the AP piece, "Anal electrocution is common practice in fur farms across the world. A lot of these methods aren't effective and these animals will wake up while they are being skinned."
That’s all. I just wanted to drive home that point. It’s awesome that New York is leading the way here, and hopefully other states will soon follow suit. But this is also a good opportunity to store away that little tidbit about anal and genital electrocution being 100 percent legal in 49 out of 50 states—just in case anyone ever tries to tell you that wearing fur is anything other than reprehensible.
… it stars me, so it must be awesome. Actually, it stars a bunch of people at the forefront of PETA’s work to help animals, who really know what they’re talking about. I just get to introduce them. This month’s Podcast features PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich talking about how to be an effective advocate for animals (e.g., more with the positive outreach, less with the vegan police force), and it’s really compelling stuff. So if you’ve got 20 minutes to spare this afternoon, get your headphones on, pull up an Excel spreadsheet to make it look like you’re working, and listen to Bruce’s Effective Advocacy tips. Then let me know what you think.
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