Trappers are a Dying Lot
A recent article mentioned that the Pennsylvania Trappers
Association is looking to recruit new members. (Trappers' group looks for
some new members 11/21) It is not surprising that this is so, considering
that the public is losing interest in trapping, a way to kill helpless and
harmless animals for sport.
One of the most widely used traps in the trapper's arsenal
is the steel jaw leghold trap. This device indiscriminately maims animals
and is so barbaric that its use has been banned in over 88 countries and
five US states.
Because a trapper cannot single out the animals he is
trying to catch, all too often a leghold trap will clamp its vice-like jaws
on the leg of an endangered species, or that of a domestic dog or cat.
Raccoons who have been caught in leghold traps have been known to chew off
their feet in an attempt to free themselves from its clutches. Clearly,
these traps have no place in a civilized society.
To a trapper, the lives of animals are nearly worthless.
At a recent PA Trappers Association auction trappers were paid less than
three dollars for a muskrat's skin, and only $1.00 for an opossum's fur.
What a tragic end for such peaceful animals.
Since trappers cause so much pain and suffering to so many
animals, there is little wonder why the Pennsylvania Trappers Association is
looking for new members. People have better things to do these days than
spend a morning setting traps that they know will bring terrible suffering
upon furry little animals. For information on how to live in peaceful
coexistence with wildlife, please contact Wildlife Watch at (845) 256-1400
or [email protected]