The YouTube Star Who Kills Animals For Fur

The YouTube Star Who Kills Animals For Fur


there’s a o’clock ball you so I’m about to get on this dc-3 – hey River probably made in the 1940s I don’t know how that makes me feel necessarily in terms of like safety wise but figures crossed Canada was founded on the fur trade but in recent years after decades of decline Canada’s fur industry has found a new market between China’s booming middle class and Russia’s luxury starved oligarchy the industry that founded the nation is making a comeback in 1992 Canadian fur exports were valued at 143 million dollars in 2013 with Pelt prices at its highest that value jumped to 956 million more than 100 million dollars of which was wild fur I wanted to meet one of these modern-day fur trappers firsthand so I traveled to the Northwest Territories to be under Stanley the matey YouTube star who’s become the unlikely ambassador of Canada’s trapping industry Andrew lives just north of the Alberta border outside a small town called Hay River an hour flight from Yellowknife we’re just outside of Hay River on our way to meet Andrew Stanley he’s going to show us what it means to live a trapping life several years ago Andrew started up a youtube channel called the wild north to show people what it’s like to be a trapper broke my snare am i mad yeah yeah you rate Samad since then he’s garnered over 4 million views almost twenty thousand subscribers and a lot of from animal rights activists Andrew specifically said that he didn’t want us to tell people where he lived because he’s gotten so many death threats from people who have said that they would go to his door and kill him time to walk there are about 50,000 commercial trappers in Canada one-third of which are Aboriginal andrew is one of about 700 trappers in the territory who last season harvested 25,000 pelts worth a total of over a million dollars on the international market since there isn’t a ton of money to be made many trappers do it as a hobby but for Andrew it’s his life Clerke chops to check him was a pretty damn good season this year so far so nice give you uh a grand tour of my home starting the skinning shock here I got uh okay some fur that I’m working with so this is a skinning Shack yeah this is where all the magic happens this is where hoses hold my fur that I catch on the trapline okay what do you have here well this is an order I caught this guy in one of my cuts for beaver yesterday so I was just thawing I’m owed a little bettin when he’s ready tonight he’s gonna get skinned in the back here I got this Wolverine I’ve been working on as well he’s just about dry huh inside-out right yeah yes he’s inside oh these two here these link here these are done I just got to take them off with a stretcher bars oh that’s a Lynx yes yes is a wild Lynx I’ll barter with these for bartering how does that work what are you usually trade I’ve traded pelts for chain saws screws rifles a computer for editing videos on really a lot of work goes into chopping an animal you know people say well you just go out you set a trap and that’s it and catch an animal first you got to know where to set your trap you got to be able to find these animals it’s time-consuming huh so and there’s no guarantee right there’s no guarantee at all nothing is guaranteed on the trapline I’m just heading out to Chuck my beaver chops here actually right away right out for lunch so you know if you want to come with me absolutely I’d love to let’s do it I will jump on a screw here and we’ll go chop some beaver I’ve never really ridden Muscadet before and the only instructions that were given to me rip it hang on welcome giver trapping season runs from October to May and success relies on a combination of luck and skill one trapper may spend six to eight weeks on the line and make $35,000 while another may spend the same amount of time and effort only to come away with $1500 because of this making a full-time living off being a trapper is next to impossible even Andrew who bags a couple of hundred pelts a year makes money in the offseason by doing bush related manual labor in and around a river this is a beaver hose that I’ve been working on I set these traps the other day and I got one year I got one there and I got another one over there it’s kind of like a little kid on Christmas when you come to check your chops it’s like what do I got to be what do I get so it it’s pretty exciting to come back and check your trap after you set them sole so even after all these years of trapping you still get excited by every single day it’s actually kind of exciting I don’t pull a trapper a toad but I do I lift it up until I could see the two Springs if the two Springs are still closed there’s nothing in the top we pull on up this is it moment of truth see the nothing on there so okay okay we’ll do the one on the edge there you could have the honors of it okay not one all right see if we get some beaver join watching me sweat my balls oh my god nice little workout huh that’s probably good you could probably slowly lift it up the springs are closed bummer we got one more there oh the springs are open the top is from the floor up Oh No that’s another beaver and look here there’s a beaver hair right there we just missed one you see this here yeah that’s one beaver hair oh man as I’m pretty bummed when people say that trapping is inhumane and you look at this thing which will basically break an egg it’s not so much that trappings humanity the Tropper himself it’s the man who sets out chop if they’re doing it properly if they’re checking their chops on a regular basis and respecting the animals there is inhumane ways to do it but there’s also mean ways to do it so it’s pretty important that we practice you mean methods and use these quick cool shops okay we don’t got one today tomorrow’s another day okay it helps for the shake so you always got a pound of beer to me for a short skinning so it’s a street nice and sharp here so I’ll make my two first cuts down the hind legs here otter have like the most beautiful soft fur you know like there’s such a beautiful animal all around you know in the last year I pretty much travelled around the world all within 12 months I went to Helsinki Finland the Saiga fur auction and I went to Beijing and then after Beijing went to Tokyo and it was a real eye-opener now that I had a little taste of traveling this last year you know I’m now looking at like okay well where’s the next cool place to go and check out I’d really like to go to England that’d be cool why go to Stonehenge the Egyptian pyramids are good too but I’d never go to Egypt er I don’t think I don’t want to get my head cut off I do worry about our environment a lot you know we saw such a beautiful beautiful land here in the north and it’s like untouched you hear both these oil spills these days thousands of litres went into the waterway system and then you follow that water system it all ends up in the Great Slave Lake huh so I’m not a scientist or anything but I think it’s just a matter of time before it is truly I think all of us as humans we’ve got to start thinking about ways that we could prevent some a lot of these problems huh but you know in this new day and age everyone so worried about money it’s sickening huh no one cares about how many trees we cut down or how much lawn gets destroyed or how much water you know we just they just want to make money which you had you know a girlfriend or someone appeared living with you I bet that would make things a bit easier a girlfriend yada that’d be that’d be good you know how about a a girl like it flush beaver pulse and skin auditors I’d be great but I do get some strange requests from people just cuz I’m a trapper people have an old dog an old sick dog that they want to put down well to put down a dog it’s like $175 or something and a lot of people don’t have $175 so like he Andra could ask a favor we are sure what is it could you know could you put my dog down for me can you shoot my dogs like off on shoot your dog for you I can do it yourself yeah it’s nice otter Pulte here wha what a beauty huh you how long have you been trapping for 17 years now I’ve been running a trapline on my own the olden days choppers they always had a partner because you have company and there’s so much work to do to run a trapline and a conflict it’s like there’s just so many little jobs that hop to get done you got to do water you got to split wood you got to cook you got tech chops you got a skin for the last couple months this winter I got my great uncle Andy staying with me uh he’s an older it’s been pretty good you know I’m pretty happy my uncle decided to come and hang out with me you know it’s nice to help company after five years of being out here by myself it does get lonely you know let’s talk a little bit about your YouTube channel wild north how did that even start I’m watching YouTube videos chopping videos of course trying to figure out you know different methods just learn some tricks or whatever every one of those videos would have the chopper go out and set the chop and that’s it there was no no ending like where’s the catch in the animal I said well you know I could make youtube videos I could show how I set this chop and you know I’ll show the animal in the chop at the end this is a big ol legs so they’re kind of educational videos a a little bit of humor thrown in them every now and then so it’s gonna be dark here in about ten minutes I got a long ways to go you know if my luck break down enough to walk all the way home or some stupid like that a lot of people liked it he said make more make more my fanbase just kept growing I kept getting more views and more comments I had like million views after two years but there’s been some haters I’ve been called every name in the book I’ve got death threats oh you think these animals are being tortured and chops it probably don’t even know what if you mean chop as like it it’s quick some people think US choppers are these cold-blooded killing machines that ain’t true their husband’s some circumstances with animals that I chopped and I didn’t feel bad for them you know it’s like it’s not like every animal I catch them just ago feel bad you know I’m hobby ox when it catches on on to old breeds in this bait station this is just great you ever see a wolf before no never I got a couple years that I got to take care of today as well the thing about these wolves they both have means they’re uh I’ve got a long one in a white lady what they say to do to keep means from spreading to other animal up they say to burn them and so that’s what’s going to happen to use my uncle Andy he said he would look off without for me uncle Andy he’s gonna say a little prayer out of respect for the animals and we’re going to get to go witness that so let’s go burn some wolves this is it well yeah that can driver everything that I survived is good yeah it seems so difficult why do you keep on doing you know it’s it is a lot of work but I could not sit inside a building on a desk every day of the week I got to be outside I got to be octave the top line is is very unforgiving you have to be prepared for the worst thought means get mauled by a bear or freaking my arm in a chop or walking twenty miles because my shoe broke down that’s just the way it is that’s gonna happen I guess you

100 thoughts on “The YouTube Star Who Kills Animals For Fur

  1. If the animals weren't culled,then there would be mass starvation if there was too high a population to sustain themselves. Judging by the area hes in,plenty of wildlife from what I can see.Hes native,doing the same thing the tribes have done since creation.I cant see any environmental damage. The man is supporting himself and not on benefits.He is improvising and doing what he has to do.

  2. Until the anti-crowd consumes only synthetics there's no moral leg to stand on. Threatening a human being for harvesting a tree while sipping on a tea made from dead plants killed for the purpose of their consumption only shows how derelict they are. Threatening a human being for taking wild animals for whatever purpose isn't any different. Who can really say which species from which kingdoms contains life more worthy than any other? One thing is evident from these people by the threats they wager; that they hold more value of their own ignorant opinions than they do for "life".

  3. My uncle used to be a fisherman and would go seal hunting in Newfoundland. I know people complain about catching the seals but there are plenty of them. Many fisherman would die seal hunting and most had too to survive during the winter. Newfoundland used to be really poor and a lot of fishermen were not even paid. You were just given salt and supplies for your catch.

  4. How is this supposed to be shocking this is normal all people who live in the country do this what about what happens to dogs and bears in china?

  5. The comment section is filled with retarded vegens shame on you evil vegens for eating all the poor little animals food

  6. To all animal rights activists trashing this guy fuck off, this guy is trying to make a living lile everyone else just he hunts animals for there fur which is fine because most likely your ancestors did it too, furtrapping is what's Canada is built on!

  7. i don't see why everyone gets so pissed about this he is only doing his job
    ya don't get pissed off at a soldier for killing humans

  8. As long as people aren't hunting endangered species, then I don't see nor have a problem with it.
    This man is making his living doing this, so props to him.

    Animal rights activists are scumbags anyway.
    Fuckers are like animal Nazi's.

  9. Do you think you will go anywhere nice when you die, you fuckin scum of the earth ? Hope you die in excutiating pain, REAL SLOW .

  10. I don't see a problem with people doing this in the past since we needed it to keep warm, but now a days (which by the way what I'm about to say is cheaper too) we have other alternatives in place that we can use such as faux fur.

  11. All of the cosmetic products are tested on lab mice, but does that mean Women should stop using foundation? We are all hypocrites, its not ok to wear fur but its ok to wear leather products. We can't eat dogs but we are eating pigs and cows every day. Media and the public can say whatever they want, but I think if you had just one piece of meat for meal in your entire life,that means you are guilty. So check your self. fuckin hypocrites.

  12. The only things wearing fur should be the animals, I would make a very slight exception for the people within the arctic who have worn fur out of necessity for thousands of years. They've eaten the animal and used its fur and their dogs would eat any leftovers. I only then agree with it if the animal is shot and killed instantly with absolutely no suffering. Traps cause horrendous painful deaths where the animal literally starves to death with a severely broken leg. Some animals have been known to bite their leg off to escape from the trap and that would be agonising. No animal should ever feel pain at the hands of humans. If you must kill then be ethical and learn to shoot so you know you can get a 'head shot' first time.I'm disgusted that in the U.K. fur has made a comeback, having been taboo for so many years.

  13. I get it that these people have a 'tradition' to keep, or whatever (!) But we have fake fur now and cold-resistant clothing… We really don't need to wear real fur coats anymore. People only buy fur now for vanity reasons, and that's why I find it unacceptable- these animals are dying needlessly for someone's vanity.

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  15. Avid hunters and proffesional trappers ironically are one of the active groups interested in conservation. The trapper has a financial interest that the animals he kills have a clean large environment, as well as hunters they enjoy being outdoors and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Hikers and climbers are not enough you don’t need as much land to enjoy a pretty bike trail as you do to sustain healthy populations of wildlife. You will also notice the trapper at the end killed and burned wolves with mange. Mange is highly contagious and destroying wildlife infected is the fastest way to prevent an outbreak. Hunting parks in Africa also use hunters to kill old, sick, and or dangerous aggressive animals, as well as money to maintain the parks. Responsible hunting and trapping should be encouraged as they keep away poachers who are people who really give no fucks about the environment

  16. I prefer wild fur rather than farm raised fur

    The animal had a good life even tho I don't really want to care about it

    I'll wear it

  17. PETA kills more animals every year than this guy could do in ten lifetimes. Nothing wrong with an honest living.

  18. Fur is beautiful. What this man is doing is noble work. Stupid AR people are very far removed from nature. He is not killing endangered animals. His life is in perfect harmony with nature. Animal rights is a stupid idea. Go hug a lion. See what happens.

  19. My Grandfather was a very good trapper and his brothers were the same all 4 of them did taxidermy as well when they hit the shores of Toronto in the 1920s and moved North to the Muskoka's for al their lives. Today I love to watch them Live as I have Never killed a critter except for a chickadee when I was first shown the gun for hunting. I Never shot again except targets and people who get to close =) A Man has a right to do as he wants as long as it doesn't hurt anyone and this guy is very respectful but doesn't understand how FEW critters are left =((( I hope a Grizzly scares him out of the bush for good. Like Whale hunting all these practices are so outdated they should be banned and FUCK the CHINESE let them farm their own~ Im a chef all my life so Im no dummy if you kill it-eat it~~~

  20. people who want to kill others should be baited in, setting them up to make their attempt, and then shoot them dead in self defense, like the pos's that they ARE.

  21. God put animals on this earth to use for resources. He gave them to us to do as we please. If you dont want to eat animals, then dont. If you dont want to use animal fur, then dont. But stop trying to force your beliefs on everyone else

  22. ANDREW is what this country WAS BUILT ON and buy the way it,s what MADE our nation and founded our territory.This is the real world and this is a real man. Walk one day in his shoe,s and you might learn a thing or two if you could or are able to.GIVER ANDREW AND STAY WILD DONT LET EM TAME YOU.

  23. Any anti that want to threaten Andrew better wear there big boy panties if they go after him. You won't return to your cozy life.

  24. The fur looked better on the otter, rather than on some bottle blonde middle aged soccer mom. People who trap animals are making a living for themselves in a harsh environment the way their ancestors have done for centuries – I hope their way of life dies out soon but the real blame lies with the people who buy fur.

  25. I just dont understand why did they burn the wolfs at the end of this video??? I mean they're good for fur, right?

  26. Best job on the Planet! Good for you Andy. The vegans will breed themselves out of existence and the sooner the better. When it comes to the crunch, the collapse of the system, I know who’s going to survive and I will try and speed it up for as many of them as I can…vegan skin coats and special vegan traps…now that’s an interesting thought!

  27. I think it's wrong when Cosmopolitan urbanites use fur from China (you're probably wear a dog btw) but for what this man does I don't think there is anything wrong with it. He makes an honest living doing a job humans have done as long as they have existed. Hunting/gathering is the oldest profession, not prostitution.

  28. Trapping is not needed anymore . Most guys do it for sport fur is not worth much anymore . If u need to harvest an animal u should hunt , and yes all animals / predators can be hunted . Trapping is animal torture thats a fact even the traps that are considered paw friendly. The stress and agony the animal goes thru not to mention some people don't check their traps for long periods of time , more agony and suffering the animals endure. The long process of dying . Check fur prices ,they can get a job that pays more per hour then a few pelts bring in . NO SUCH THING AS A HUMANE TRAP THAT'S BULLSHIT AGAIN CONSIDER THE PAIN AND AGONY THEY ENDURE WHILE WAITING FOR TOUGHGUYS TO SHOW UP AND CLUB THEIR HEADS , PUT A BULLET IN THEM , OR JUST LEAVE THEM TO DIE . THEN GO BACK AND PICK THEM UP . TRAPPERS SHOULD GET A JOB AND JOIN THE WORKFORCE IF THEY CAN PUT THAT MUCH EFFORT INTO TRAPPING THEY CAN GO WORK A JOB NOT TORTURE ANIMALS FOR A LIVING .

  29. Fur rocks. Fur is awesome. Fur keeps you warm. But should not be industrialized. Keep fur prohibitively expensive so the animals don't suffer but don't shit all over the people who can afford it. Instead of trapping (which is never a clean kill) hunt. Only those with the skill reap the reward. That is fair and balanced. Plus wild fur is always of better quality than farmed. The hunting method would keep the prices high as no businessman will ever go out to hunt mink or any other fur bearing animal for profit.

  30. In that first shot of the sled riding in I could swear that was a place where Les Stroud did a winter episode of Survivorman.

  31. Wtf he killed two Beautiful Wolves and burnt them who the fuck does that and, y r people supporting him! So what if he works hard I don’t give a shit, he enjoys killing animals! I’m so disgusted of how fucked up people can be! And by the way these animals might be dead when he skins them but the have a slow painful death in those traps

  32. If you can only choose one winter jacket, get one made of sheepskin or some other heavy fur. Take care of it and it will "care" for you when it's freezing out. You won't need to buy a new jacket probably ever. Leather clothing, when cared for properly, lasts so long you don't need to buy new clothes every year. You'll save money in the long run using leather and since it's not synthetic it's better for the environment.

  33. Canada was founded on hunting and trapping with firearms. To ignore this past time is forgetting your roots, and embracing a shitty modern one of drinking starbucks having a liberal arts degree which is what vice promotes

  34. Animal Lover: This is cruel, he kil those poor animal for fur!!!! 😨😥😨😰
    Guy: Why don’t you go look at slaughterhouses
    Also Guy: Eats meat and supports cruel slaughterhouses

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