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Trapping is legalized animal cruelty

Trapping is legalized animal cruelty

With Montana's trapping season winding down, it's time for reflection.

While trappers kill tens of thousands of furbearers and non-target species every year, what about the practice itself?

Trappers themselves like to refer to trapping as, “a management tool,” in an attempt to gloss over its true nature. However, trapping is simply legalized animal cruelty crossing into sociopathic behavior. Trappers commonly boast on both anti- and pro-trapping websites, illustrating their comments with pictures and videos, showing trapped animals before, during, and after killing them. Personally, I’ve encountered many trap lines, and have seen the severed limbs and associated carnage at trap sites.

For the trapped, it is a horrific way to die while being restrained in a trap, to be clubbed and beaten to death, strangled, pushed under water by a boot, injected with poison or shot. Animals often languish for days, digging holes, chewing and biting anything within reach, breaking teeth on the trap. Not uncommonly, the trapped animal is intentionally tormented before death.

Trappers claim those opposed to their activity are "emotional." Maybe so, as heinous animal cruelty often brings out emotion. The only ones remaining emotionless are trappers, lacking both empathy and compassion, and that speaks for itself. It’s been said that a society can be judged by the way it treats animals. With trapping, Montana comes up wanting.

Don’t count on Montana FWP, as they’re in the pocket of the trapping lobby. Please sign Initiative I-177 to end this horrific commercial practice on public lands.

Mike Koeppen

Florence

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