Trapping is considered an enjoyable activity for many who partake in it, but it also serves a valuable purpose in many less-urbanized areas.
As the human population grows and spreads, less true wilderness is available for wildlife. Some of these wild animals can come into contact with humans -- sometimes merely as a nuisance to crops, but other times more dangerously as a threat to humans. Trapping can help minimize such conflicts. In addition, trapping can control predators of threatened species by relocating the predators to places where the population is better balanced. Unlike hunting, trapping allows for the catch and release of a problem animal. Trapping is also safer than hunting because the trapper is removed from the animal when the trapping happens. Diseased animals can also be trapped without death before the disease is allowed to spread. Once it's well again, the animal may be rereleased into the wild.
Those who abide by the regulations set forth by their state agencies can be very ethical hunters. They stick to their limit, trap only within proper hours and seasons, and regularly check their traps -- at least once a day, if not more -- in order to keep up with best trapping practices.
However, trapping is still a controversial activity. Even those trappers with the best practices and best of intentions can still harm animals. Read on to find out why some people find trapping inhumane.