I would like the opportunity as an ex-trapper to speak out against passing House Bill 212.
As a foster child in a family that took me in, I was taught by a friend of my foster parents how to trap. I loved being outdoors and away from the city. I soon learned how and where to trap. I also remember the times I checked my traps and found just the paw or foot of some animal. I felt terrible but still did not make a full connection of these incidents and how the trapped animal suffers.
It wasn't until I heard a dog get caught in a trap that I realized the horrors of trapping. The screams and pain that that dog went through ... no animal deserves that fate. I think after an animal is trapped for a while it stops struggling but is in no less pain and is allowed to stay that way for sometimes days. I think good men, even trappers, would and should have empathy for this suffering animal.
We have animal cruelty laws that protect domestic animals. No one would stand by and watch a animal suffer in a trap in our neighbors' yard or property, We would call the authorities immediately. Yet most of us turn a blind eye to trapping.
I am an avid outdoors man. I hike every day. I am a hunter and fisherman. I also know a lot of hunters who are against trapping. All say if you are to harvest an animal, it should be immediately killed.
Please vote against this bill. I am sure there are plenty of arguments for this bill as well, the rights of trappers and so on. But the targeted and un-targeted animal should be the focus of passing or killing this bill.