Cull of the Wild: The Truth Behind Trapping


Best of Festival

10th Berkeley Video & Film Festival


Gold Remi Award

36th Worldfest Houston International Film Festival


Second Place

EarthVision Environmental Film Festival


Crystal Award

International Association of Business Communicators


Merit for Conservation Advocacy

International Wildlife Film Festival




Official Selection

Wildscreen International Wildlife Film Festival
Anchorage International Film Festival
4th Silver Lake Film Festival
25th Big Muddy Film Festival
Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto
Sacramento Environmental Film Festival
Sacramento Environmental Film Festival
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival



Every year, between 4 and 5 million animals are trapped and killed in the United States for the commercial fur trade. Millions more are accidentally caught in traps set for other species.

Cull of the Wild examines the legacy of the trapping industry in America today through the point of view of the trapper and his victim. It has become an invaluable tool to grassroots activist organizations and has been distributed to members of Congress to bring legal reform.



CULL OF THE WILD provides 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, Forest Activist/Author
Cofounder, Circle of Life Foundation

An excellent documentary that exposes the realities of hunting and trapping animals for fur, “wildlife management,” and “nuisance control.” Including interviews with trappers, supportive legislators, and wildlife biologists, the video is a wonderful educational tool.

— Elliot M. Katz, DVM, President, In Defense of Animals

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.

— Wisconsin Bookwatch

I sat on my couch STUNNED after watching this film. Its images are forever emblazoned on my mind.

— Patricia M. Fazio, Ph.D., Coordinator, Wyoming Animal Welfare Network

You would be hard-pressed to find a more convincing case against animal trapping than CULL OF THE WILD. This video thoughtfully explores the problems behind the trapping industry and allows real-life footage to fill in when words cannot adequately describe the suffering that trapping causes.

— National Association for Humane and Environmental Education

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,


Reports from the Field

  • 150 free copies were sent by Animal Protection Institute to national, state, and grassroots animal and environmental advocacy organizations.
  • A joint mailing was done with the producers of “The Witness” to 75 philosophy and political science professors in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Copies were provided to all 30 members of the Fur Free Alliance in European countries.
  • In association with The Fund for Animals, “Neiman Carcass” activists across the country showed CULL OF THE WILD outside store windows to convince store managers and employees to go fur free!
  • Members of the New Hampshire Furbearer Protection Team showed CULL OF THE WILD at protests after learning that the State Trappers Association planned to donate a coat made from the pelts of 25 fishers to the winner of the Miss New Hampshire Pageant.
  • Activists in Indiana showed CULL OF THE WILD in their efforts to educate state officials about the use of cruel body-gripping traps by “nuisance” wildlife control trappers.
  • As part of its campaign to end a statewide coyote-snaring program, the Maine NoSnare Task Force is using the film to inform residents about trapping.



To: United States Fish & Wildlife Service; United States Department of Agriculture; Wildlife Services; United States Fish & Game Departments; The Environmental Protection Agency; Lawmakers and judges; The President of the United States:

We, the Undersigned, make this accusation: That you, the officials charged with responsible management of America’s natural heritage have perpetuated a gigantic fraud upon this nation and the world.

We question your authority to sell off the lives that constitute America’s natural heritage – the animal communities that are forced to live in constant terror of torture and death meted out by your murderous agents and the minions who have bought into your deadly propaganda.

We question the arbitrary thresholds conjured up by your corrupted biologists and scientists by which you choose to manage wildlife communities you call “populations.”

We question your right to manage wildlife when extinctions on your watch are coming at a rate of two hundred species per day. We accuse you of not doing anything to stem the irreversible loss and worse still, of actively causing it.

We accuse you of performing unnecessary experiments on millions of animals and using false data and outright lies to perpetuate unnecessary torture.

We accuse you of brazenly selling out to the consumptive special interest groups.

We accuse you of selfishly projecting an illusion of need. You claim to be keeping populations under control when it is plain to see that yours is a self-perpetuating industry of control. We accuse you of robbing the coffers to sustain your redundant jobs.

We accuse you of gross negligence and fraud in allowing a needless war on wildlife to become a national standard, reported on by your corrupt media.

We accuse you of bringing about the 6th mass extinction with death rates attributable to you and only you of billions upon billions of wild animals.

We accuse you of robbing Americans and citizens of the world of a natural heritage that is their birthright. You are guilty of genocide, ecocide and omnicide.

You have done great harm, but your time is coming to a close. Your systems are crumbling, your flaws increasingly laid bare. You are running out of things to kill. The world itself is fighting back. An environmental revolution has begun. We will have our clash of moral paradigms, we will have our moment of truth, and out of each will come a new community – open, holistic, humane.

© 21st Paradigm, 2018