Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Trapping wolves is a disgrace

So now it isn't enough to shoot the wolves we reintroduced to Idaho with guns. After signing up for one brief class in trapping and snaring, any "sportsman" can be provided with a free snare to place anywhere he likes as long as it is 10 feet away the trails where we hike with our dogs. If your dog is unlucky enough to get its leg or head caught in one of these snares, there is no way you can get it off with your bare hands. You will need to have with you a special heavy-duty tool called a bolt cutter. Frantic with pain, wolves have been known to gnaw off their own paws or legs to escape these cruel snaring devices.

It is a disgrace to humanity that torturing and tormenting wolves to a slow and agonizing death is an approved legal sport. Or is it perhaps merely a sign of the low and vicious depths to which some humans have sunk?

It is certainly a sad and shameful day for Idaho.

Diana Fassino


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