Germany’s medieval hunting methods- manslaughter traps

It’s hard to believe that these cruel manslaughter traps are still allowed. Animals often suffer miserably for hours!

Many people do not know that the cruel manslaughter traps are still allowed almost everywhere in Germany.

In theory, manslaughter traps are supposed to kill immediately, but often they don’t. Many animals die a slow and agonizing death in these traps.

They get in with their paws or face and are often badly mutilated or slowly crushed to death.

Cats and endangered species also fall victim to homicide traps

Manslaughter traps must be set up in so-called trapping bunkers, gardens or boxes to ensure that people do not step in and that only certain animal species can fit in. However, this is not the case.

Often cats or protected animal species also fall into the traps. In Hessen, for example, the protected ermine was listed in the trap statistics on the 2016/2017 hunting route. Even the friendlier sounding live traps end with a headshot for the trapped animal.

Animal suffering remains largely hidden from the public eye. However, we always receive whistleblower reports that bring to light the suffering of the animals through the hunt.
In Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland and Thuringia, homicide traps are already completely or largely prohibited.

However, in these federal states, too, an application for trapping can usually be made with the approval of the hunting authorities.

Cruel hunting method like from the Middle Ages
There is no reason to hunt these predators on a massive scale, neither from a wildlife perspective nor from a health point of view.

The horror tales against Fuchs & Co, some of which are still widespread, are based on assumptions that have long been refuted: Hunting has no regulating or reducing effects on the population because losses are quickly offset by immigration and rising birth rates.

The argument of species protection put forward by the hunters is also eyewash.
Foxes, for example, feed primarily on mice.

Studies also show that raccoons do not pose a threat to species protection.
Population declines of affected species such as the brown hare and are predominantly due to habitat loss and the dwindling food supply.
In addition, the hunters themselves kill around 200,000 brown hares every year.

In eight of the sixteen federal states foxes can be hunted all year round, because the federal hunting law does not provide for a closed season for the animals.

Graphic with the status of homicide traps in Germany: green thumb = prohibited -red thumb = allowed

Germans agree: trapping is animal cruelty and must be banned
A representative forsa survey in August 2018 showed that the vast majority of German citizens reject the hunt with the cruel manslaughter traps.
Only about a fifth, 19 percent of German citizens, agree to the use of these traps, also known as dead trap traps or trapping irons.
70 percent are in favor of a ban.

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