Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HJR2 bad for pets and wildlife

HJR 2 seeks to amend the state Constitution to further benefit the special interests of trappers. While both hunters and fisherman kill their catches quickly, trapping is a cruel way to kill animals. Even the sponsor of this effort agrees trapping is controversial. 

The rights to hunt and fish are not being threatened. No out-of-state organization can take these rights away. Wildlife rehabilitator Mady Rothchild has horrific pictures of many animals killed or mangled in traps. My vet’s dog has been caught in a trap. In the past year, a cat in Boise city limits suffered serious leg and foot injuries after dragging home a leg-hold trap. In January, Channel 7 ran a story warning people of dogs caught in traps in the foothills. According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, traps can be placed anywhere on public land where there is not an ordinance prohibiting it. Trappers are currently allowed to operate without regard to the welfare of animals. 

If HJR 2 is passed, any efforts to further regulate trapping will be challenged as unconstitutional. Please vote no on HJR2.

Jeannie Swenson



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