Because over 50,000 otters are inhumanely killed for fur every year.
American and Canadian furs are traded at big auction houses in America and Canada and the strongest markets are in China and South Korea. Manufacturing centres exist in central and NE China and South Korea. Buyers come from Beijing, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Italy, Greece, New York, Turkey, Toronto and the UK
THIS GIVES A TOTAL OF 50,000 OTTERS PER YEAR BUT THIS DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ANIMALS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED OR THOSE WHICH ARE CAUGHT INCIDENTALLY WHEN TRAPPING FOR BEAVERS.
One argument given to support trapping is that it helps conservation. In the Arizona Hunting Regulations it says: “the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is the world’s most successful … Hunting and angling are the cornerstones of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation … Through a 10-12% excise tax on hunting, angling, and shooting sports equipment, hunters and anglers have generated more than $10 billion towards wildlife conservation since 1937…”
This sounds impressive but if we actually look at the figures $10 billion over 70 years works out at $142,850 per year!!!
So is otter trapping sustainable? If we look at the figures, 10 states in USA and 2 states in Canada have no limit on the numbers trapped. In some of the states there simply is no up-to-date information on population status. If you look at Alaska the figures are from 1994 and we were told by Nevada that research is well past its due date.
So if we do not have reliable information on how many otters there are or how many are being killed then we cannot say it is sustainable.
Write to Mr Greg Sheehan Principal Deputy Director US Fish and Wildlife Services at https://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm