Historically, the fur trade has had a severe impact on biodiversity and is responsible for the depletion and even extinction of several furred species, including the sea mink.
As an example of the fur trade’s irresponsible attitude towards the environment, all the big cats in the wild and many of their smaller cousins are now endangered and protected from further exploitation due, to a large part, to the excesses of the fur trade’s past.
Trapping poses a major threat to wildlife populations. The traps used to catch wild animals are notoriously indiscriminate and can result in non-target species, some of which may be classified as endangered or threatened, being caught, injured or killed. Trapping can therefore put additional pressure on populations of animals that are already fragile.
The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that ‘non-target animals’ (or ‘trash’ animals as they are referred to by industry) can account for up to 67% of the total catch.