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Trapping is inhumane torture. What part of that is not understood? Surely you don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand that if I caught you by the leg with steel jaws and left you there for an extended period of time, you would suffer. Or how about letting us put a steel loop around your neck and slowly tighten it? Still not suffering?

Trapping is also non-selective torture. Traps on public lands not only catch and maim wildlife, but are equally likely to capture your dog, cat or even your child. Every year domestic animals and non-target endangered wildlife are severely hurt and killed by traps.

Capturing wildlife with steel traps is the most inhumane treatment of animals legally practiced on public lands in Montana, yet it continues. Trapping is by its very nature cruel. It is completely outdated and has no place in modern society. And please, I am extremely tired of the old argument that it is a Montana tradition. So what? Many of our ancestors made their living from slavery in this country; however, that did not, and does not, make it right. A large group of people decided it was cruel and inhumane and did something about it. Now it is time to stop this terrible unnecessary torture of our pets and wildlife on our public lands here in Montana. Public lands are just that, public lands, and trapping does not benefit the public. It benefits a small group of individuals who seem to enjoy watching a helpless animal suffer. It is a cruel and unnecessary "hobby."

Please help stop this needless suffering. Take a moment of your time and visit www.footloosemontana.org. Join up and help put a stop to the inhumane torture of our pets and wildlife.

Penny Gaddy-Rhodes, Victor

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