Sadly, our House committee passed House Bill 212 — an “oh, by the way, we really meant trapping though we didn't say so the first time” constitutional amendment.

There are many, many Montanans who support hunting and fishing, but feel entirely differently about trapping.

Trapping is painful, trapping is unethical, trapping is highly unregulated and indiscriminate. Fifty dogs, on average, were reported trapped annually, and that’s just in Montana!

Trapping, practiced by less than 1 percent of Montanans, gives the state a very black eye. It should not be a constitutionally protected right. This is not what the public voted for in 2004.

Cheryl Kindschy,

Helena

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