In a letter to the editor that appeared on Oct. 9, written to the Missoulian by Mike Dey, he asked if trappers have the wherewithal to pursue the strategy of having a state legislator introduce a proposal to have an amendment to make trapping a right in Montana submitted to the voters for them to vote on.
Aside from the inappropriateness of policies at this level being considered for codification in the Constitution rather than through a normal legislative or citizen initiative process, I’d like to point out another major problem with Dey’s suggestion.
We have learned enough to factually know that there are certain commonalities amongst all mammal’s brains – and these are the parts of the brain that carry out functions of pain and emotion. The pain and suffering experienced by trapped animals is the same we would feel if subjected to this practice. This would be be torture for us and it is no less for them. Do we really want to codify torture in our Constitution or even have an activity that causes torture remain legal in our state?
There are portions of the human brain that have developed to a greater degree than in other mammalian species – the cerebral hemispheres and the neocortex. These are the parts of our brains where higher brain functions occur, including those that have brought about our development of ethics, morality and having a conscience. It would be nice if more of us used the brains we were born with.