For more than two years, we have been working to update the laws in Ontario so no more dogs are killed by traps on public trails.
Specifically, we think trappers should:
- be required to post warning signs when active killtraps are in the area, and
- not be allowed to place traps within 150 m of a public trail, road or private property line
The province of Manitoba passed legislation that imposes these reasonable requirements on trappers. Ontario lags behind and our legislation is seriously out of date. Cases of pet deaths are only going to increase as “North meets South” in Ontario.
MPP Minister Kathryn McGarry of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) hasn’t responded to more than 82,000 signatures on our petition. So we took it a step further and hired the law firm of Gartner & Associates to make our case. Our legal team is conferring with leading advocates and animal law heavyweights – some that played a role in getting the laws changed in Manitoba. In fact, the man whose dog getting killed was the catalyst for change in Manitoba is also being consulted. We are gathering information, building our case, and developing our strategy for moving ahead.
Although the process is not moving as fast as we might like, we are very optimistic that we will be successful in the end. We have the support of dog lovers, hikers, nature lovers, campers, anti-trapping activists, even some more progressive trappers. We just need to demonstrate this widespread support to the MNRF, and that’s what where you come in.
What You Can Do
Please write or call your MPP. Ask your friends and family to call too. Politicians have to take notice when voters care about an issue.
Three Easy Steps:
1. Find your local MPP or MLA
2. Call, email or write them (sample text below to copy and paste)
3. Let us know about the response you get. We want to compile all the correspondence the MNRF gets from MPPs. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you’ve done this in the past, thank you!, but it’s time to remind your MPP that nothing has been done about the issue. Another trapping season will soon be here.
You can also help by assisting with legal fees.
As always, thank you so much for your help.
I am calling/writing in support of changes to trapping rules in Ontario.
Ontario residents are encouraged to get out and enjoy our multi-use trails and provincial parks for hiking, snowmobiling, ATVing, snowshoeing, etc . People are mostly unaware that these same trails are also used for trapping. There are no regulations about how close to a public trail or roadway a trap can be set, or any requirement to notify the public that they are there. As a matter of public safety, these uses are not compatible.
Too many dogs are killed each year due to careless and outdated trapping methods. The petition at change.org/notrapsontrails has more than 82,000 signatures from people, mostly in Ontario, demanding change.
To prevent more deaths on Ontario trails and improve the safety of everyone sharing our outdoor spaces, we urge Minister Kathryn McGarry and the MNRF to:
1. launch a public awareness campaign about the danger to pets and people from active traps, and
2. improve trapping practices and regulations – including establishing a minimum setback from public spaces, and marking trails that run close to traplines with warning signs.
As our representative, will you help us keep our pets and children safe? Please write or call Minister Kathryn McGarry and let her know that you think it’s time for the rules about trapping to be updated.