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Re: “Nun Left: As Burlington Convent Prepares to Close, Developers 'Drool' Over Property

There is a graveyard in the backyard of the convent containing the remains of many Sisters of Mercy. This was not mentioned in the article.

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Posted by Si on 05/12/2019 at 12:30 AM

Re: “A 'Wildlife Social' Comes to Norwich

The leg-hold trap as essentially torture for animals. When the jaws of the trap slam shut, they inflict excruciating pain. To that pain, add fear, bleeding , freezing temperatures, snow, rain, the danger of prey animals eating the trapped animal alive, the inability to go care for her young if the trapped animal happens to be a mother, and more. In many cases, the trapped animal may chew off his/her own paws to escape. The trappers call this "wring off." How cute!

Trappers like to purport their sport is "highly" regulated. Vermont law says traps must be checked every 24 hours, but it is a self-policed, self-regulated, self-enforced law. It is impossible for Fish & Wildlife to enforce. In addition, the trappers do not have to report what animals they torture/trap/kill. Since a steel jaw leg-hold trap captures any unfortunate creature who steps into it, endangered animals, protected species, dogs, cats, birds, and all species are caught, but never reported to F&W. Hence, F&W suffers a dearth of statistics. So much for "highly" regulated! (Just does this self-reporting work with the IRS?)

"Tradition" gets added to "conservation" as the excuses trappers use for continuing to abuse animals in traps for sport. Hello! The year is 2016. I'm a grandparent and a third-generation Vermonter. I say it is time to stop this horrid, inhumane activity and stop hiding behind "conservation" and "tradition" to justify it. We know better!

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Posted by Si on 04/08/2016 at 4:43 PM

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