Connecticut Considers Ban On Leg-Hold...

Connecticut Considers Ban On Leg-Hold Animal Traps

There are 11 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Mar 5, 2009, titled Connecticut Considers Ban On Leg-Hold Animal Traps. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

When it comes to leg-hold traps, most people envision something out of a cartoon, where Wile E. Coyote steps in the trap and then hops around holding a big, fat, throbbing red toe.

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Sharon Major

Hebron, CT

#1 Mar 6, 2009
It is imperative that the legislature pass the bill to ban all types of holding traps. There are other choices available for trappers. It is a growing problem that the public is not considering compassion or sensitivity to all living beings. It is alarming that this situation has gone on so long with no one caring or pursuing elimination of this horrific procedure.
Katie DePietro

East Hartford, CT

#2 Mar 6, 2009
I am a Natural Resources major at the UNiversity of Connecticut. We learn about hunting, fishing, and trapping. They are all necessary means of lowering animal populations, also known as wildlife management. Those techniques sound gruesome, but in reality, they are not. They're not intended for owls, which is why the owl became so injured. It was an unfortunate accident. But animals, when trapped, are pretty calm. They're designed to cause the least amoutn of pain to an animal, although it may not sound like that to the uneducated person. And I can promise you, if hunting and trapping are not done, every member of the species will suffer intolerable pain when they struggle to find food and die of starvation, and get mange, an awful disease that attacks weak animals, as a result of populations getting above carrying capacity. We are predators to these animals. Wolves were extirpated in CT and look at the deer population. The same will happen if you stop another predator, us. These methods are not inhumane, when the trapper is properly trained on what to do, and we are trained properly. I know, I'm certified. I took the classes. Hunting and trapping accidents are awful and should be avoided at all costs. But considering how rare they are, I think hunting and trapping are a success, and actually quite humane, when done properly. Please, educate yourself on the matter. Don't look at one unfortunate (and I do mean that; I'm a wildlife conservation major) accident and judge the entire practice which only helps wildlife.
TIN FOIL

Uncasville, CT

#3 Mar 6, 2009
Sharon Major wrote:
It is imperative that the legislature pass the bill to ban all types of holding traps. There are other choices available for trappers. It is a growing problem that the public is not considering compassion or sensitivity to all living beings. It is alarming that this situation has gone on so long with no one caring or pursuing elimination of this horrific procedure.
Cockroaches have rights too!!
Want to drum up some legislature on protecting them as well??
Yes, lets keep wasting our taxpayers money, lets start with yours !

Yes so don't put those decorative fish in your yard pond,
TIN FOIL

Uncasville, CT

#4 Mar 6, 2009
or the blue herons will have a picnic
Breadrack

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Mar 6, 2009
They should just let everyone trade in their leg-hold traps for have-a-heart traps. You havent seen anything until you've caught a 4 month old kitten in one. It is heartbreaking. It was not my trap or property however, I took the animal promptly to a no-kill shelter and donated some money toward having the kitten fixed up... no bones were broken!
Gayle

Mansfield Center, CT

#6 Mar 7, 2009
This is the most horrific example of animal cruelty. If you agree with this bill, try imagining your family dog caught in one of these traps. Wolves are just doing what they need to for survival. Why do we need to interfer with Nature? If this bill goes through, in a few years they will be trying to pass a bill to kill the deer and caribou that have over populated, because the wolves-which help to keep the balance- have been killed off. Let nature run it's course.
Katie DePietro

East Hartford, CT

#7 Mar 7, 2009
Breadrack wrote:
You havent seen anything until you've caught a 4 month old kitten in one. It is heartbreaking.
I'm glad the kitten had no broken bones. I feel so bad for the kitten. By law, traps have to be set to a certain pressure, pound-wise. That means a force of a certain poundage is required to activate a trap. Anything less, it will not go off. Obviously, someone broke the law and didn't set the trap correctly. Why make a practice illegal become some people break the law? The laws are set up correctly to be humane and protect unintended species from getting caught. Banning the practice is very unwise.
Katie DePietro

East Hartford, CT

#8 Mar 7, 2009
Gayle wrote:
If you agree with this bill, try imagining your family dog caught in one of these traps.
It's not safe to let your family dog run loose on public property, where it can be hit by a car (should we ban cars too?) or possibly bite a child and be euthanized. There are many reasons dogs shouldn't be let loose, ignoring trapping. You're not a good owner if you let your dog loose. And dogs have been caught before, and are promptly released unharmed. We are a part of nature, just as much as wolves are. We're predators too, and must do our job to protect the welfare of wildlife (and yes, that sometimes means killing them to make the whole healthy).
Frank The Tank

Hamden, CT

#9 Mar 8, 2009
Stan Simpson should be relieved then.
THIS IS ABUNCH OFBS

Saint Joseph, MN

#10 Mar 10, 2009
1 keep you pets inside your house or on your owne property.
2 be aware when on public land that you take the risk of having your pet get accidentally trapped.
3 ive had my dog trapped before and all they did was lay down and waited for me to come and get them ouy. The leghold dosent "mangle" the animals feet up.
GOOD ADVICE!~ GO TO YOUTUBE AND TYPE IN "Destroying the Myth" this will show the true facts about the foothold traps and how much they have done for our wildlife habitat...
Oh and P.S.
cage traps are too expensive, footholds are light, and easy to get into small hot spots...
You plan on trying to cage a coyote in the middle of a cornfield with a cage trap weighing close to 50 lbs? heck no! and they would be so cautious of that they wouldint even go near it...
seandicare

Watertown, NY

#11 Mar 26, 2009
Breadrack wrote:
They should just let everyone trade in their leg-hold traps for have-a-heart traps. You havent seen anything until you've caught a 4 month old kitten in one. It is heartbreaking. It was not my trap or property however, I took the animal promptly to a no-kill shelter and donated some money toward having the kitten fixed up... no bones were broken!
have a hearts are a great trap, but many animals, such as coyotes and beaver can't be caught in them, except for the very rare occassion.

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