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.

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.

Helen Durant
Helen Durant

the long agony that these trapped animals must face is unconscionable. i am forever amazed at the arrogance of some human beings and their misguided belief that they are more important and powerful than any other species on earth.please put an end to this barbaric,inhumane practice of trapping.and try to educate those who have been so indoctrinated in the old ways of trapping that they have not acknowledged the horror and cruelty of it all. banning the practice of using traps...

the long agony that these trapped animals must face is unconscionable. i am forever amazed at the arrogance of some human beings and their misguided belief that they are more important and powerful than any other species on earth.please put an end to this barbaric,inhumane practice of trapping.and try to educate those who have been so indoctrinated in the old ways of trapping that they have not acknowledged the horror and cruelty of it all. banning the practice of using traps must come first. please help these beautiful animals who deserve our respect.and thank you to those folks who spoke up and said that as boys they did not think about the torture they inflicted. and now they wiser. maybe it is they who can help, more than any ,in changing attitudes now.

Ian Grigor
Ian Grigor

Wolves are Beautiful Animals and it is not mans right to kill them for any reason....they have as much right to life as any and every other Creature. Man is a Monster all the while he destroys life...GIVE WITH IT PEOPLE

San Bej
San Bej

Yes people who are cruel to animals should be in jail.

Violeta Kukliauskienė

All animals are a part of nature. and we, people too.

Chrisitna Pafitis
Chrisitna Pafitis

because its us people that gotta protect the poor innocent creature from people that are cruel to them because they are so stupid may karma goes around to the ones that hurts them

Martine Verhoeven
Martine Verhoeven

because no animal reserves this human cruelty

Anton Strub
Anton Strub

Let the animals live.

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