Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin

As a young boy growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania I trapped muskrats to earn money.I always played by all the rules, checked my traps every morning and tried to create sets where the animals drowned quickly and didn't suffer long. I now look back on those days and can't believe how heartless and cruel I was. It's time to put a stop to the torture.

Joe Adair
Joe Adair
  • Jeff Martin

Young boys are ruthless. If you're feeling guilty about it, you've got company here, Jeff.

Joe Adair
Joe Adair
  • Jeff Martin

I was a danger to all wildlife from age 12-14. A menace, armed with a semi-automatic CO2 BB gun. On one camping trip, my best friend and I shot so many birds, our fathers were DISGUSTED with us! We thought it was weird that they 'freaked out' on us. When I was 14, and the Vietnam War was still raging, I went dove hunting. Shot a white one, only wounding it. There it lay, as I approached...the symbol of peace during the war...writhed on the ground, on its back, frightened and mortally...

I was a danger to all wildlife from age 12-14. A menace, armed with a semi-automatic CO2 BB gun. On one camping trip, my best friend and I shot so many birds, our fathers were DISGUSTED with us! We thought it was weird that they 'freaked out' on us. When I was 14, and the Vietnam War was still raging, I went dove hunting. Shot a white one, only wounding it. There it lay, as I approached...the symbol of peace during the war...writhed on the ground, on its back, frightened and mortally wounded, bright red blood splashed across its pristine white feathers. I blew the poor thing away with my shotgun...it was the most compassionate thing I could do at the moment, but the adults i was with were pissed, not sharing my vision of war and death and hate. The image of that whole horrible fiasco is still fresh in my mind, 40 years later. I never willfully killed another living thing. Isn't growing up supposed to produce positive change, even in the most grotesque, testosterone-filled little heathens that are homo sapien teenage boys?

Flavia Corbella
Flavia Corbella
  • Jeff Martin

Hard to understand then why so many teenage boys (or kid for that matter) would be given a semi-automatic gun be it a BB gun or otherwise. It's not a toy and no kid should be given one, period.

Lucas Graham
Lucas Graham
  • Jeff Martin

We must remember,we invade the animals space,not they ours. We are the selfish ones to blame. Our creator give us the whole world so that we can rule over animals and look after them. Please be kind to them. Help with donations that they can look after these poor animals.

Michelle Garrett
Michelle Garrett

Trapping is a VERY CRUEL way for such a beautiful animal to have to die. There have been cases where a mother wolf chewing off her own leg so she could get back to her helpless babies! Also many times the trap does not kill the animal instantly and they slowly and painfully die...all the while trying to free themselves from the trap that is slowly sufficating them to death if the trap is around their neck. But too many times the poor wolf is still alive and they are clubbed to death (so...

Trapping is a VERY CRUEL way for such a beautiful animal to have to die. There have been cases where a mother wolf chewing off her own leg so she could get back to her helpless babies! Also many times the trap does not kill the animal instantly and they slowly and painfully die...all the while trying to free themselves from the trap that is slowly sufficating them to death if the trap is around their neck. But too many times the poor wolf is still alive and they are clubbed to death (so no noise from a gunshot is heard!!) THIS IS NO WAY FOR ANY ANIMAL TO HAVE TO DIE!!

Joe Adair
Joe Adair
  • Michelle Garrett

Thanks Michelle, we share your passion.

Mary Witbooi
Mary Witbooi
  • Michelle Garrett

Why do we have to allow this cruelty to endure for another 7 years? Trapping should be banned from right now.

Nanette Redding
Nanette Redding
  • Michelle Garrett

Agree

Steffie Turtles Jones
Steffie Turtles Jones

Trapping must stop immediately because it is an example of extreme animal cruelty and abuse.

1. There are a number of photographs on the internet of wolf trappers teasing living wolves caught foothold traps before the suffering and frightened animal is either clubbed to death or shot. Such cruelty and exhibitionism must be stopped.

2. Many wolf trappers do not want to check traps every three or four hours and want the legal time extended to 72 hours. This means a trapped wolf will die...

Trapping must stop immediately because it is an example of extreme animal cruelty and abuse.

1. There are a number of photographs on the internet of wolf trappers teasing living wolves caught foothold traps before the suffering and frightened animal is either clubbed to death or shot. Such cruelty and exhibitionism must be stopped.

2. Many wolf trappers do not want to check traps every three or four hours and want the legal time extended to 72 hours. This means a trapped wolf will die from fear and starvation before a trapper arrives to club it to death or shot.

3. Trapping is indiscriminate. Eagles, bobcats, wolverines, swift foxes and pet dogs have been caught in traps set for wolves during the 2012-13 hunting season in states where wolf culls are legal.

4. Ohe of the most obscene form of animal cruelty is baiting traps with wolf carcasses so members its family will be attracted to the scent as they search for their lost relative and meet a cruel death themselves.

Joe Adair
Joe Adair
  • Steffie Turtles Jones

Great points Steffie! Thanks for your help!

Kelly Anderson-Edwards
Kelly Anderson-Edwards

Because traps are indiscriminate and have no place in this world. If I could personally destroy every trap in the woods I would.

Janet Stone
Janet Stone
  • Kelly Anderson-Edwards

It is important to me because it is the nature of life's cycle to procreate and live freely. It is man's gendre to trap and kill in a cruel and selfish manner. THIS MUST STOP ASAP.

Kay Johnson
Kay Johnson

TRAPPING, IS A LAZY COWARDS WAY OF HUNTING!

Cyndy Dent Brooks-Fetty

I am afraid of where we are headed as a society. We seem to be more inhumane, less tolerant each day. If we are to be a civilized society, we must end these types of inhumanity.

Silvia Castillo M
Silvia Castillo M

I will never understand why there are such a destructive men in this world, much less understand why their cruelty level is always used towards the weakest beings in the world. Personally I love wolves and their social behavior.

Karen Cheesebrew
Karen Cheesebrew

I DONT LIKE SEEING ANIMALS BEING KILLED JUST FOR THE HUNT.THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO RUN FREE.SOME OF THE PICS IVE SEEN HAVE MADE ME SO ANGRY AND SICK.WHO IN THERE RIGHT MIND WOULD WANT TO KILL THESE ANIMALS.I THINK JUST TO BRAG ABOUT IT,SO SAD.

Thekla Bashore
Thekla Bashore

These animals have every right to be here . To be unharmed , to raise their cubs babies ,kids . This torture and killings need to Stop . The Goverment needs to start listening to what Us the Voters and taxpayers want it is our Country . We need to take the right to make decisions about our wildlife and Future of us and all Animals on this Planet back !!!!!!

June Bowden
June Bowden

Iwant to be one of thousands of voices shouting out for animals protection .....

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