Cull of the Wild
The Truth behind Trapping
The argument for ending animal trapping for profit, recreation or wildlife management.
Every year, millions of animals are trapped and killed for their fur. And every year, millions more are killed because they accidentally stumbled into traps set for other animals.
Directed by Vanessa Schulz
Produced by Camilla Fox
A 21st Paradigm production for the Animal Protection Institute
CULL OF THE WILD examines the history and the legacy of the trapping industry in America today. The film explains and demonstrates different types of traps, and the viewer gets to see trapping from the point of view of the trapper as well as the animals. Interviews with wildlife biologists, veterinarians, and other experts detail the dangers to "nontarget" wildlife and household pets as trappers move away from commercial trapping and begin to specialize in killing "nuisance" animals.
Viewers are given reason to hope that change can be accomplished through grassroots activism, education, and changes in public policy.
Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2002
Copyright Date: 2001
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-834-1
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-951-7
"Provides important thought and heart provoking information to a world that must act now. Animals and the future are relying upon our passion, compassion, and commitment to end this senseless, destructive history."
Julia Butterfly Hill, author of The Legacy of Luna
"An excellent documentary that exposes the realities of hunting and trapping animals for fur, 'wildlife management,' and 'nuisance control.' ...a wonderful educational tool."
Elliot M. Katz, DVM, President, In Defense of Animals
"An excellent resource for teens interested in learning more about the cruelty of the trapping industry. It's perfect for high-school classroom presentations: persuasive and thought-provoking narrative and gripping visuals."
Jessica A. Vanase, HumaneTeen
"You would be hard-pressed to find a more convincing case against animal trapping than Cull of the Wild. This 26-minute video thoughtfully explores the problems behind the trapping industry and allows real-life footage to fill in when words cannot adequately describte the suffering that trapping causes."
National Assn for Humane and Environmental Education
"Cull of the Wild is a strongly recommended video addition to school and community library Wildlife reference collections and 'must' viewing for animal rights activists and governmental policy makers."
"Watching so many animals suffer so terribly, for no reason other than vanity and greed, has cured me for all time of ever supporting the commerce of the fur trad
"Provides important thought and heart provoking information to a world that must act now." Julia Butterfly Hill
Awards and Festivals
Gold Remi Award, WorldFest International Film Festival
Best of Festival Award, Documentary, Berkeley Video & Film Festival
Crystal Award, International Association Of Business Communicators/Sacramento
Merit and Finalist Awards, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula
Second Place in Category, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
Anchorage International Film Festival
Big Muddy Film Festival
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
Female Eye Film Festivall
Silver Lake Film Festival
California State University at Sacramento Environmental Film Festival
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e. This film brings to life, in a way one can never forget, the terror and horrendous suffering animals endure in being trapped for their pelts. I sat on my couch STUNNED after watching this film. Its images are forever emblazoned on my mind."
Patricia M. Fazio, Ph.D., Wyoming Animal Welfare Network