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Photo: Person Snared in a Steel-Jaw Trap

Written by Michelle Kretzer | March 1, 2012

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Passersby outside a fur store in Toledo, Ohio, agreed that when the trap is on the other foot, fur looks really gruesome.

As our re-enactor did an excellent job of portraying an animal writhing in agony and trying to escape a lethal steel-jaw trap, the fur store owners stayed hidden inside their shop, without entertaining so much as a single patron.

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  • masopes says:

    @bandhog “In my opinion trapping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and earn a little extra money…” It would be interesting to learn of how this cretin “enjoys” other venues in the outdoors, or inddoors for that matter. With or without the “little extra money”.

  • ksdjlk sd says:

    t all worked up over. Most of the people who beleive these horible stories about trapping and the steel trap itself have obviously never tagged along with a responsible trapper on his trapline. Just my opinion….

  • Karen Saucedo says:

    Bandhog: Not saying this to be mean. Just quite seriously, are you blind? Last Spring, a maintenance man where I lived set steel gopher traps by the creek. A child discovered one and was really traumatized to see it had pretty much chewed the flesh from it’s own leg trying to escape. THAT was a gopher trap. I just don’t think were I just have such a hard time accepting that I’d just sit there, stuck in a trap cutting into my bones, and die peacefully. I don’t know, maybe it’s me. Call me crazy. Just doesn’t seem like the way I’d choose to live….or to die.

  • Hoori Smith says:

    Wearing fur is sick, shame on those fashion houses using animal skin for profit and shame on those who buy it and wear it, you people make me sick.

  • Linda says:

    I disagree with Anonymous, 3/3/2012, 4:06 pm, I think your ‘advertising’ technique is necessary and effective. Good job, PETA!!!!

  • bandhog says:

    I just cant understand why some people beleive everything they hear about the fur trade and steel traps. I run a trapline every year and harvest racoon,coyote,bobcat,badger,skunk,opossum and beaver. I have enjoyed my trapline since i was a child and have never witnessed the things peta claims about steel traps. I am very much against fur farms and torturing animals. I think peta does a good job in most of the things they are involed with but I have to say they go overboard with a few things. I have yet to see the horror and blood as they claim with trapping. In my opinion trapping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and earn a little extra money. And yes im sure if you use a bear trap to catch a rabbit there would be damage to the rabbit. Trappers use the right equipment for the targeted species. State laws are strict on trapping and I think they should be. I only wish the truth about trapping was all over the web and not horror stories for people to get all worked up over. Most of the people who beleive these horible stories about trapping and the steel trap itself have obviously never tagged along with a responsible trapper on his trapline. Just my opinion….

  • Aries says:

    Only beautiful animals and ugly people wear fur.

  • Mark says:

    Thank you PETA for you dedication to serving the interest of animals. I love you all for your hard work.

  • RideHonda124 says:

    Good job! People need to see things as close to reality as you can get. What’s better than a person in a trap, after all mankind created the stupid things. Way to go PETA!

  • Mrsaprilmort87 says:

    I disagree with y’all. I actually like this picture. No matter what anyone says.

  • Mike says:

    Anonymous commented: 3-3-2012 4:06 PM this is disgusting. This is not the way to do things! displaying the very thing you are against in grotesque detail is not good advertising. Blah blah blah ^^^^ the person who wrote this doesn’t understand the way the world is today. Shocking people is the only way to get through to them anymore. If you sit there with a bullhorn and tell people stay away it doesn’t work you have to go above and beyond to make sure your point is heard and understood. Keep up the good work I think y’all have done great all of your advertising.

  • Rev. Meg says:

    There are plenty of hikers who have ended up in emergency rooms as victims of steel jaw traps. Some of them have posts on the internet describing the experience. PETA should ask some of them to appear in front of fur stores and talk about the unintentional victims of the fur trade.

  • SPCA supporter says:

    I don’t understand why people wear fur anymore. I understand why they wore it 200 years ago, because it was necessary and for the most part the animals were killed humanely and every part of that forsaken animal was used.now it’s just for stupid “fashion”.its sick.

  • Aarin says:

    This is so great. Sounds like it was very effective as no one felt like buying any fur that day. If only we could reenact factory farm cruelty in front of fast food restaurants, and animal experimentation in the household cleaners/cosmetic ect aisle.

  • Anonymous says:

    this is disgusting. This is not the way to do things! displaying the very thing you are against in grotesque detail is not good advertising.

  • Darcy says:

    I really admire your dedication!! I live in Chicago and work in the downtown area. I do see the number of people wearing fur declining but wont be happy til the only ones wearing fur are the animals themselves..

  • Shirley says:

    This is an awesome way to get the public aware about animal rights issues.. Looks very realistic–awesome job to whoever made it!!!!!

  • Rose says:

    Makes me cry what innocent animals endure…maiming and death for fashion. Makes me sick.

  • Brynn Longenecker says:

    LOOOVE this! Do more on the East Coast (Annapolis/DC) I’d be happy to participate!

  • Krysta says:

    Thank you for bringing animal trapping to everyone’s attention. The general public is so removed from where their food and clothing, etc. sources come from and how they’re obtained. They are over-due an education into those matters

  • val says:

    Need this stuff more often!!! more places.

  • Fanny says:

    Hi! Just wanted to to give you a hurray, love PETA and all other animalrescue organisations. //Fanny, Sweden

  • Rex's Mom says:

    When I read this headline, I thought it was really a person who got caught in the steel jaw trap, not one of your people. Too bad it wasnt a cruel person preferably the trapper him/her self getting caught and writhing in pain.

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