Trapping letter lacks common sense
October 3, 2008 · Updated 1:18 AM
I'm writing in response to Kim Sarblewski's letter to the editor on
Initiative 713 banning trapping in Washington. Ms. Sarblewski, like so
many animal-rights people, speaks on emotion and not with common sense
and scientific data, first of all, and wants to manage our wildlife in the State
of Washington with ballot-box biology.
I really would like to know how Ms. Sarblewski and Crazy Bob _
love that name, by the way! _ came to their conclusion that that raccoon was
injured in a leg-hold trap, as she is assuming. I, in fact, have seen
raccoons injured by cars in this way; maybe we should get rid of our cars.
Personally, the harvesting of any animal is not going to be a
beautiful thing, but it is a necessary management and control process. What
Ms. Sarblewski also does not tell you is that the money that Initiative 713 is
being paid for with is coming from six different national animal-rights groups
_ not exactly a local issue.
We in Washington have seen what emotional ballot-box voting has
done here recently, with all the bear and cougar problems due to the passage
of the last initiative animal-rights groups put forth. We have neighborhood
pets disappearing on a regular basis in our communities, and children have
been attacked and injured by cougars in our state because these animals are
not being hunted in the ways that are productive to keep them at bay and
afraid of humans. Plus, with their numbers increasing, they, the less
dominant animals, get forced into neighborhoods to look for food, so they
become problems and a danger to citizens.
So you see, Ms. Sarblewski and Crazy Bob, your feel-good
approach to wildlife management doesn't work and ends up costing taxpayers
and homeowners. And also, Ms. Sarblewski, you noted about your
dogs and cats possibly getting caught in these traps. First of all, what are
your animals doing out unattended, and secondly, maybe you shouldn't
worry about them getting caught in a trap, but being clamped down on by
the jaws of a beautiful cougar, or maybe a coyote, or even a bear. But, hey,
that would probably be OK in your book because that's a natural kind of
thing. They have to eat too.