Why We Trap:
Trapping is part of our North American heritage. Trapping is a highly regulated activity that benefits society in many ways. Trapping has a valuable economic, ecological, cultural, biological and aesthetic impact on society. Trappers help reduce the spread of diseases, protect habitat, endangered species, and property by reducing the population of abundant furbearers. Trappers help restore wildlife by relocating species in areas needed. Trappers also help in wildlife research by assisting biologist in trapping species of wildlife for studying.
Mass Trappers Objectives:
- To develop leadership for the advancement of the best interests of the trapper and fur industry.
- To inspire in our membership the desire to practice the ethics of sportsmanship towards others who wish to enjoy the recreation and pleasure of the outdoors.
- To cooperate with duly-recognized conservation organizations in the advancement of the objectives of the trapping fraternity.
- To aid and cooperate with law enforcement agencies in bringing about the apprehension and just punishment of any person who molests, disturbs, or steals traps set by another or who releases or steals furbearing animals caught by another.
- To discourage and help eliminate unjust and fraudulent trade practices in the marketing of raw fur.
- To oppose and or repeal any law or regulation which is biased and or discriminating towards the trapping fraternity.
- To oppose any organizations or combination thereof whose activities or whose designs are detrimental to the interest of the trapping fraternity.
- To educate in the proper methods of taking animals in traps in accordance with Massachusetts trapping regulations.
- To educate in the proper handling and care of raw fur.
- To cultivate good will, natural understanding, and respect of the rights of land owners.
- To promote sound management for the conservation of furbearers in the Commonwealth.
- To promote the wearing and use of native American fur.