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Anti-trapping message debuts on Hamburg billboard

Animal Advocates of Western New York and Born Free USA, which encourages peaceful co-existence with wildlife, have joined in a billboard message opposing animal trapping.

The billboard, with the message, “Raise your hand if you’re against trapping,” went on display this week at Southwestern Boulevard and Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

Born Free USA notes that, in 2012, a total of 336,660 animals were trapped or hunted for their fur in New York State, but that the actual number of animals caught might exceed 1 million since trappers are not required to report the number of non-target animals, such as dogs and cats, that get caught in body-crushing traps.