Just take a look at deeply compromised states such as California if you want to see how this plays out. Animal rights folks target whatever measure they think they can pursue at the moment, and then they move on to the next issue. First it’s trapping. Then it’s lion hunting with dogs. Then it’s bear hunting with dogs. Then it’s lion hunting without dogs. Then they move on to not allowing hunting with dogs at all. Meanwhile, government wildlife agents “cull” pretty much the same number of lions that hunters were killing in the first place, but apparently that’s okay because wildlife agents don’t enjoy the hunt and the carcasses all go to waste. And trust me, archery hunting will be on the chopping block in California during your lifetime because there won’t be enough archers to defend themselves and other users are doing a lousy job of sticking up for their allies.
That’s why you need to defend traditional use patterns such as trapping. American trappers have been working these lands for hundreds and hundreds of years, and their methods have evolved appropriately over the decades. It’s sustainable and it’s tightly regulated. If you’re willing to slam the door on trappers now, then go home and take a look in your own freezer. If there’s some public land meat in there, you need to realize your vulnerability. Get out and vote.