Trapping is a non-discriminating blood sport; It is absolutely cruel, wasteful and archaic at best, feeding and fostering (enabling) sadistic and sociopathic behavior in unstable or impressionable individuals (ie innocent children), making society more dangerous for us all.
This kind of activity damages people's souls (or caters to those already damaged) and makes our wild landscape unsafe for nature-watchers, hikers and pets, not to mention the havoc it wreaks on animals of all kinds (including any humans that stumble into these blind 'land mines'.)
Trapping and snaring must be outlawed once and for all. Don't nurture the lowest depths of human behavior by actually teaching this stuff - After all, no human with any decency, capacity for empathy or fair play would ever dream of setting out a trap or snare and intentionally causing so much harm and suffering to any living creature.
You don't trap or kill anything you 'respect'.
Shame on you. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, for not taking a stand and saying "This activity is outdated, harmful and wrong on so many levels and we will neither encourage nor promote trapping or snaring in America."
To The Gooch - If you must hunt, use a quick-humane bullet, not a snare, trap or bow and arrow (those are terribly cruel - I've seen how long it takes, and how many arrows it takes, to finish off a poor, agonized, arrow-shot buck). Livestock slaughter laws do need to be changed (they are not humane) but that doesn't mean it's OK to be a wildlife sniper, either. Before you get all high and mighty I HAVE (sad to admit) killed animals in the past, and have grown old enough and wise enough (and seen enough atrocities perpetrated by hunters) to have dramatically changed my opinion of this 'sport'. A true subsistence hunter doesn't post 'snuff films' on YouTube or head out into the wilderness to slaughter 'competing' predators like wolves and bear (how many of you guys EAT a wolf or a bear?)
There was a terrific Field and Stream column about passing up the shot - and an avalanche of respectable 'hunters' commented - hunters who have grown weary of the kill - and just take to the fields basically to pretend to hunt and be close to Creation. I applaud them! As for any American 'needing' to hunt - There are far, far fewer than there are those who just enjoy the chance to hang a head on their wall.
Sorry but at this stage in my life you will not intimidate me with your wisecracks. Been there, done that, grew up, learned higher reverence for life.
Oh, ps - you can get your protein in other ways besides killing something. Infertile eggs are a terrific source of protein and many vitamins and minerals - and free-range chicken eggs are MUCH healthier than those from battery hens - so please don't use that as an excuse to justify sport hunting.
So quit hunting, it's that simple. Allow nature to recover from our micro-management errors. If humans will stop eating up all the wild lands with development and stop meddling with the natural interplay and populations of species, nature can rebound. But as long as people keep reproducing at this alarming rate and destroying land. species and habitats, NO resource will ever be able to support us. Our wild lands are NOT giant game farms. I pay taxes, too, and I want wolves, badgers, cougars, bobcats, foxes, rattlesnakes, ALL of it, the way Go intended. If they ban trapping and even hunting entirely, at this point, I will be thrilled thrilled. (And this is coming from someone who USED TO DEFEND AND SUPPORT HUNTING AS A NEEDED ACTIVITY. NO MORE!)
Natalee Lence, if the situation is that dire and we feel humans (which have caused the big imbalance to the world's ecosystems to begin with) really need to play God, then the answer is simple - Stop selling tags for elk and deer for 3 years and let the populations recover. Hunters don't REALLY need to hunt, even for meat - honestly. Guns, permits, camo, lenses, tree stands, etc etc etc aren't cheap. But most hunt just for 'fun' (as you accuse the wolves of doing, but wolves have no choice but to hunt to survive!) And videos like this just underscore the fact that it's a ritual of sexual thrill for so many hunters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE_JqmUacNQ So just do the right thing, put your rifles and especially bows away for a few years, and give your beloved 'decimated' herds a chance to rebound without TENS OF THOUSANDS of hunter- tags being issued each year!
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