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“Indiscriminate, Inhumane, Indefensible”

10 Apr

By Accipiter (R. Altenkamp, Berlin) (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Below is an outstanding article from ecologist George Wuerthner about the barbaric act of trapping and the damage it causes to our wildlife and ecosystems. From the article:

“It’s amazing to me that in this day and age we still allow this barbaric activity to be justified in the name of “sport”. Leg-hold traps and snares are particularly treacherous devices. Animals caught in such traps suffer pain, exposure to weather, dehydration and often a long painful death.  Snares are even more gruesome with animals slowly strangling to death as the wire noose tightens. How is it that cock and dog fights are now illegal and yet we permit state wildlife agencies to sanction an equally cruel activity?”

Indiscriminate, Inhumane, Indefensible
Trapping, the Barbaric “Sport”

 

7 responses to ““Indiscriminate, Inhumane, Indefensible”

  1. Bobette Traul

    April 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    We need to end this so called Wisconsin tradition. “Tradition doesn’t make it right. How did the WCC go?

     
    • rali74

      April 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      I am out of state so i didn’t go, but Patricia said there were a decent number of pro-wildlife people attending where she was. Of course we were still outnumbered but it is a start.

       
  2. Sandra McGee

    April 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I, also do not live in WI. but close enough by the border. So please inform me of rally’s in Madison or Milwaukee & I’ll be there. By the way – those traps & snares are horrid. I think people are starting (slowly) to get it.

     
    • rali74

      April 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      The smiling photograph of that sadist in Idaho really woke up quite a few people to the horrors of trapping. Our group is new, but we plan to start having meetings in the state to get wildlife advocates on the same page. I will certainly let you know when we have something planned. If there is anything that we can take from the hunting groups it is how well they organize. There are many wildlife advocate groups out there but there is no coordination. Just imagine if we all worked together what a force for change that we could be.

       
  3. chance

    April 11, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I agree Rali. Some people actually buy the myth that trappers talk about, that animals are not harmed in these traps. An inch one way or another means the difference between intense suffering and this “blissful sleep” that trappers talk about. Traps are indescriminate, and these trappers that are caught on these trapperman blogs let us know very well how they view wildlife. Most trappers are social outcasts, fringe people who display a shocking lack of empathy and concern for animals caught in their traps

     
  4. chance

    April 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Why these fish and game agencies empower trappers is beyond me.

     
  5. CJ ROLPHE

    April 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Because the “FISH AND LAME DEPARTMENT” is right beside them! Check out this 2011 “LIST OF DEATH” from USDA WILDLIFE SERVICES…Look at the numbers and then go to 2010…this is YOUR government destroying YOUR natural world:

    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/prog_data/2011_prog_data/PDR_G/Basic_Tables_PDR_G/Table%20G_ShortReport.pdf

     

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