Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Trapping measure promotes cruelty

I’m proud to consider myself an Idaho man. I was born in Oregon, but my parents moved back to Idaho from California in 1943 when I was 12. I still have a home in Ketchum.

My father’s dream was to have a cattle ranch, so they bought a 600-acre spread, 13 miles from town and four miles from the nearest neighbor. It turned out to be more remote than figured, so they sold out and moved to another ranch—smaller but only four miles outside Glenns Ferry.

I spent the next five years on this 400-acre ranch. I got my first shotgun at age 14. The place was a hunter’s paradise, close to the Snake River.

We all worked hard, but we always found time to enjoy the outdoors. I remember it as some of the best times of my life.

On one occasion, I decided to earn some extra money by trapping muskrats, which were plentiful on the creek running through the ranch. I bought four traps and set them along the stream bank.

The second day later I had caught my first animal. The poor little muskrat was hopelessly snared and so pitiful to look at—its eyes full of fear and panic. I released him, hoping he would survive and decided trapping was not for me.

We have heard stories describing the pain and suffering trapped animals endure. Traps do not discriminate. Any animal or bird that is unfortunate to be caught dies a terrible, slow death—even mice.

If HJR 2 is passed in November, indiscriminate trapping of all animals by people trying it out for sport will flourish. Trapping innocent animals is cruel and inhumane. God’s animals deserve and need protection. We should and must provide rules and regulations that insure this happens.

It would be a sorry world without them.

David W. Morrow


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