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Letter: End animal torture

Once again, our lawmakers failed to protect Granite State animals who are tortured and killed by fur trappers.

HB 1579, the legislation to restrict recreational fur trapping in New Hampshire, is now almost meaningless.

Once meant to protect animals of all kinds and to give us a safer outdoors, it will now do none of that. It merely increases the penalty for illegal trapping causing the death of a domestic animal to a loss of a trapping license for up to three years instead of one.

Our lawmakers praised culture and tradition as a reason to continue the suffering. They gave the green light to fur trappers to continue to use steel jaws, which slam shut with godawful power on its unsuspecting victim, and crush bones and tear flesh as the animals struggle to escape.

Our lawmakers think it is okay that these creatures are bludgeoned to death when the trapper comes, a method of euthanasia that is considered inhumane by the experts at the American Veterinary Medical Association.

I wish to not paint all of our lawmakers with one brush, and our deepest gratitude goes to the sponsors and supporters of the original bill. There is hope for animals, domestic and wild, as long as we have individuals like them in the New Hampshire House and Senate.

Everyone who cares about the humane treatment of animals and the safety of our outdoors, please sign our petition at tinyurl.com/nhcatpetition. Animals need your voice now more than ever.



Legacy Comments6

Great comments at the petition site: tinyurl.com/nhcatpetition Please check them out and add your name to the thousands of NH residents who agree it is time to end cruel fur trapping. Thanks Everyone, from the NH Citizens Against Trapping, and check us out on Facebook.

The man who killed Andrew received a slap on the wrist. Andrew's owner agrees and was heartbroken to see him get off so lightly for killing her beloved companion and family member. Future killers of "Andrews" will receive the same. HB1579 increases the penalty up to 3 years rather than one. The trapper will be charged at the judges discretion and could possibly lose his/her license for the same amount of time as Andrew's killer did. Also added in is a requirement to take the trapper's education course over again if not holding a license for the previous 3 years. "Andrew's Bill" many supporters, including over 4,000 residents who signed a petition to restrict cruel and archaic fur trapping in NH wanted much more than that. The animals deserve it and so do we.

Gee, that's funny. First you wrote, " . . . Andrew's owner agrees and was heartbroken to see him get off so lightly . . . " Then you wrote, "HB1579 increases the penalty up to 3 years rather than one." Call me crazy, but you just admitted that the penalties have INCREASED. So in other words, future offenders will NOT be getting off so lightly. Thanks for making my point for me.

A very thoughtful letter for a very disturbing behavior. All through history, animals have born the brunt of our violent tendencies that could easily be reverses if we STOPPED TEACHING CHILDREN to love animals, but that certain animals can be violated and tortured for economics and tradition. Those who voted against this bill need a course on the human/animal violence connection, and the moral, social and psychological implications of continuing the wrong minded legality of torturing animals.

Laura Beth, please define "animal torture" for us. Do the following things come under YOUR definition of torture: Eating meat, hunting, fishing, keeping pets, commercial farming, organic, free-range farming, zoos, circuses, rodeo, etc, etc, etc. If I knew what your definition of "animal torture" was I'd have a better idea of whether or not to agree - in whole or in part - with your post. If you want to curtail the frequency of incidents like the one which prompted HB 1579 in the first place, I'm with you. If you want to curtail ALL uses of ALL animals by humans, then I'm not.

Actually, the compromise on HB 1579 was a brilliant example of consensus-building. The legislature stiffened the penalties for the rare instance when a person heinously violates trapping laws like in the case of that poor domestic dog. And puts more restrictions on trappers regarding where they can trap. While at the same time, keeping our tradition of trapping, (and by extension, hunting and fishing) alive and well. If the people behind this bill truly wanted a crackdown on the type of incidents that happened to that poor dog - they've got it. If of course, they only SAID that's what they wanted, when in fact wanted something very different, like an end to all hunting, fishing and trapping - I'm not surprised they're squashing the sour grapes now.

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