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From 26 January 2002 Issue


Dear Jill,

I am 90 years old, but I still get around fine. My daughter is typing this. We have cats that live behind our house in the woods. They are mostly wild and don't bother anyone. I feed them everyday and know each of their names. We've been feeding them for 2 years and are fond of them. Over the years, the population has risen and now there are a dozen more cats! We called a local animal group and they said they would come trap and spay/neuter and then return the cats to our property for a small fee. We said great, but now we did some research online about trapping and we are just sick about it! One of the traps, the 'leghold' trap sounds very cruel and we don't want that done to our wild kitties! We have called the group and left a message telling them to stop immediately, but we haven't heard back from them yet. Tell me, do they still use leghold traps and why? We want the cats fixed, not hurt!


Dear Edna,

Calm down, everything is going to be O.K.! I don't know what animal group you called to come trap, spay/neuter and release your feral cats, but I'm sure they will use HUMANE TRAPS, not barbaric leghold traps!!! Humane traps are box-like traps that catch the animal without harming them at all.

On the other hand, leghold traps are used by trappers and poachers in the fur industry, to catch furbearing animals. Horrendous steeljaw leghold traps snap instantly and brutally on any body part of the animals that touch it. The steeljaw's spikes go through the animal's flesh and bones. The suffering and pain inflicted by leghold traps are enormous. A mother will chew her leg leaving it behind so she can nurture her young. How do I know? That's how I found my cat, Miel...chewing her rear leg off in a leghold trap in New York. She was chewing her own leg off to get to her kittens in the bitter cold of winter.

Humane animal organizations would NEVER, EVER use leghold traps to catch feral cats!! Have your daughter do some more research on HUMANE animal traps, such as the "HavaHart" humane trap. You will find these humane traps to be kind and acceptable. Humane traps do not harm animals at all. Ask your animal group what kind of traps they use, I am sure they will say "human traps."

I think it's just WONDERFUL that you are spaying and neutering your feral cats!! Thank you so much for caring about the animals!!

Love and paw pats,
Jillouise Breslauer
Companion Animal Behavior Consultant
What Jill Knows, Copyright 2002
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