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The licensed, lawful trapper “didn’t mean to catch and harm the blue heron,” and we should “let it go.”

Of course, the very setting of the trap is designed to catch, and the by-product is always harm, to somebody.

One hopes the pain and suffering inflicted on the blue heron (or anything else, for that matter) is not the primary goal of trappers. But I don’t know. Attending a trapping convention, I saw video titled “Make ‘em pay.” Pay for what, one wonders? Living? Daring to exist on this earth? Do animals deserve torture for these things? Don’t tell me trapping doesn’t inflict severe pain and fear and suffering: I am a veterinarian, I have seen the results of this barbarity.

I know that trapping is popular in Montana, but I believe more and more people do not wish to “let it go.” That sometime trapping will be as disgusting to people as our other “heritage” of slavery, child rape, and all the other things that powerful people do to those without power or voice. For fun.

Chris Albert

Lebanon Junction, Kentucky

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