There's still hope
While most hunting operates under the banner of conservation, with set state or federal limits on the number and type of animals that can be taken, trapping operates relatively untouched by the law.
"Trapping is the outlier," Goodwin said. "There are no regulations in regards to conservation or cruelty ... For the most part you just go out there and kill however many animals you want."
Of course, the Sportsmen's Act is backed by "powerful" interest groups, Goodwin said, such as the National Rifle Association. But others on Capitol Hill are starting to wake up to the cruel realities of trapping.
While not directly related to the bill, last month Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) introduced the Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act, which would ban trapping in national wildlife refuges.
Goodwin hopes the Sportsmen's Act won't pass, or that the sponsors will be pressured into dropping the trapping clause, but recognizes that a serious push from members of the public and other congressmen will be needed to stop it.