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Trapping: Include reality of animal suffering

Trapping: Include reality of animal suffering

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A significant omission during the recent trapping program at the Missoula County Fairgrounds (Missoulian, May 21) was the absence of a live animal – wolf, bobcat, raccoon, beaver, muskrat or what-have-you – in a steel-jawed, leg-hold trap, exhibiting the pain, panic, misery and incomprehension which typically afflict the hapless creature (usually a mammal) that gets caught in one of those God-awful devices that we human mammals place wherever wild animals make their homes.

Frankly, I think that the trapping of wild animals (which frequently subjects them to vile torment for hours or days on end) is one of the worst things we humans do to our fellow creatures; I consider it an obscenity. Also, I think that many others would agree with that assessment (than is now the case) if those who romanticize and promote animal trapping were to, in their presentations, fill out the trapping picture by providing images – photos, films, etc.– or on-the-spot exhibitions revealing the animal suffering that’s as much a part of trapping reality as proper trap-setting is.

T. Azzara,


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